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Washington Post: Biden Asks Ukraine to Open Peace Talks with Russia

The Biden administration is privately encouraging Ukraine’s leaders to signal an openness to negotiate with Russia and drop their public refusal to engage in peace talks unless President Vladimir Putin is removed from power, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

The paper quoted unnamed people familiar with the discussions as saying that the request by American officials was not aimed at pushing Ukraine to the negotiating table, but a calculated attempt to ensure Kyiv maintains the support of other nations facing constituencies wary of fueling a war for many years to come.

It said the discussions illustrated the complexity of the Biden administration’s position on Ukraine, as U.S. officials publicly vow to support Kyiv with massive sums of aid “for as long as it takes” while hoping for a resolution to the eight-month conflict that has taken a big toll on the world economy and triggered fears of nuclear war.

The paper said U.S. officials shared the assessment of their Ukrainian counterparts that Putin is not for now serious about negotiations, but acknowledged that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s ban on talks with him had generated concern in parts of Europe, Africa and Latin America, where the war’s effects on costs of food and fuel are felt most sharply.

“Ukraine fatigue is a real thing for some of our partners,” the Post quoted one unnamed U.S. official as saying.

The White House National Security Council and the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the report.

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said during a visit to Kyiv on Friday that Washington’s support for Ukraine would remain “unwavering and unflinching” following next Tuesday’s midterm congressional elections.

18 Comments
  • Ellie says:

    I would bet all that money Joe Bozo is sending to Ukraine is being stock piled into an account for himself and his illustrious son Hooker-Hunter! How else could billions in aid keep pouring into Ukraine without any visible results? We need to stick the mad f*cker and all his goon gang onto a plane, aim it at a field in Ukraine, give the pilot a parachute, let him exit over free land, and crash the airship into the ground. Poof! A whole bunch of commie-rat-bastards could be taken out in one swoop!

  • verneoz says:

    “Biden Asks Ukraine to Open Peace Talks with Russia.” If Zelinskiy has any sense at all, he would ignore any advice from Biden regarding the Russians. This shows that Biden is a certified idiot. Instead of trying to get Ukraine to beg for negotiations with Putin, Biden should be talking with Putin to negotiate with who is winning…Ukraine. Ukraine listen’s to Biden at its peril.

  • frederick fetty jr says:

    I know the Russian mentality. I worked in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) countries for 11 years. The people of Russian nationality, who are citizens of the FSU, love Mother Russia but hate the Russian government. The Ukraine people were mostly relocated to Ukraine during one of the Russian purges decades ago. I do not know what countries they came from because Russian owned all of that region and relocated people from many country/states and settled them in a common area like Uzbekistan or Ukraine. They did this to establish political stability and to prevent large groups of nationalism from forming. This worked very well until Moscow lost most of their political power and was divided. So, bottom line is, the people of Ukraine know how the Russian system works and know that they can not trust anything the Russians say. History tells this story over and over again. The problem America has is our government is run by a bunch of elites who do not know or believe in fact-checking history. Do not fault the Government of Ukraine for not accepting any proposal that Biden wants to make for them. He does not know what is going on or what has happened in the past. Biden will not have to live with this agreement, the people of Ukraine will. Case in point is the frantic decisions to get out of Afghanistan and trusting the Taliban to honor their agreements. He was informed of the risks to our Afghan friends and those who were married to Americans. Another very bad decision he made that has killed thousands of good Afghans and Americans left behind. It is very oblivious that he does not feel that he should by required to held accountable for that.

    Afghanistan was part of the FSU and I worked in Afghanistan from 2000-2011. I lost many friends because of his decision and I might be little biased.

  • jrobby says:

    Too late Joe.

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