30 MPs from US President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party have theirs Withdrew letter urging direct US-Russia negotiations to end war more quickly. The letter was written months ago and sent by employees without approval, said MP Pramila Jayapal on Tuesday.
The timing is unfavorable, since the Republicans in the House of Representatives had recently signaled that to step on the brakes on aid to Ukraine if she wins the elections in November, she wrote. That is not the position of the Democrats – but unfortunately looked like it. Therefore the letter is withdrawn. The letter published on Monday was sharply criticized in the United States. The White House confirmed it would no negotiations with Russia without the participation of Ukraine to lead.
The Democratic MPs had in their letter Although condemning the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and praising the previous US aid for the country, Biden also suggested a change of course. It is necessary to combine support for Ukraine with proactive diplomatic efforts in order to “find a realistic framework for a ceasefire”. Such a framework could include easing sanctions and security guarantees for a free and independent Ukraine “acceptable to all parties, especially the Ukrainians”.
Now Jayapal struck a different tone: “Every war ends with diplomacy – and so does this one, after a Ukrainian victory.”
Among the signers of the letter were some well-known MPs such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Jamie Raskin. It was the first time a larger group of Democratic members of Congress suggested changes to Ukraine policy. The Republicans are given a good chance of winning the majority in the House of Representatives in November. During the election campaign, they denounce, among other things, the high inflation for which they blame the Democrats, while it is also a consequence of Russia’s war of aggression.