Democratic lawmakers call on Biden to adjust his strategy on Ukraine

Elected Democrats call on Biden to adjust his strategy on the Ukraine


Legislators from the left wing of the US Democratic Party on Monday asked President Joe Biden, who has released billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion, to increase the diplomatic efforts and to engage in direct talks with Moscow with one goal: a speedy end to the war. 

This is the first time such a call has come from the President's own party.

“We call on you to match the economic and military support that the United States has provided to Ukraine with a proactive diplomatic impulse, and to redouble our efforts to seek a realistic framework for a ceasefire,” the elected officials said in their letter, making clear that they are against the “illegal and outrageous” invasion of Ukraine and that any solution should be approved by kyiv.

“But as lawmakers responsible for how tens of billions of American taxpayer dollars are spent in military assistance in the conflict, we believe that such involvement in this war also creates a responsibility for the United States to seriously explore all possible avenues”, they added.

Among them are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Pramila Jayapal, figures of the progressive wing of the party.

The elected officials called on Mr. Biden to “deploy vigorous diplomatic efforts in support of a negotiated settlement and a ceasefire, to engage in direct talks with Russia (and) to explore the prospects for a new security agreement. acceptable to all parties.”

Asked about the mail, State Department spokesman Ned Price asserted that “no one wants to see this war end more than our Ukrainian counterparts.

“We don't know when that will happen…because we haven't seen any indication from the Russians that they are ready to engage in this diplomacy and dialogue,” he said. – he added.

“We are providing our Ukrainian partners with what they need on the battlefield so that when a negotiating table emerges, they are in the strongest position possible. “, he said again.

As for the spokeswoman for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, she said that the executive had been “very clear: nothing on the 'Ukraine without Ukraine'.

Since the start of the invasion, the Biden government has disbursed tens of billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine, with the agreement of both parties in Congress, although some of the right-wing Republicans protested.

An influential Republican lawmaker recently warned that his party would not sign a “blank check” to Ukraine if he wins, like the polls predict, the majority of House of Representatives seats in the midterm elections.