US President Joe Biden does not intend to speak to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about ending the Ukraine war as conditions for such discussions currently do not exist, the White House said.

“We’re just not at a point now where talks seem to be a fruitful avenue to approach right now,” national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters.

Russia said the West must recognise Moscow’s declared annexation in September of “new territories” before any talks with Putin.

“The president of the Russian Federation has always been, is, and remains open to negotiations in order to ensure our interests,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.