Russia-Ukraine War: Left-wing for Direct Engagement with Russia to find a solution “Acceptable to Ukraine.”

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At least 30 US Democrats invited Joe Biden to seek a negotiated settlement to the Russia-Ukraine war. Left-wing US lawmakers urged President Joe Biden on Monday to seek a negotiated settlement with Russia to end the Ukraine war, including by exploring security arrangements acceptable to both sides.

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Firefighters conduct work at the site of a car bomb explosion outside a building housing a local TV station in Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Ukraine on October 25, 2022. [Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images]

Left-wing US lawmakers support a diplomatic solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

In a letter, 30 Democratic House members from Biden’s party said they were against Russia’s “outrageous and illegal invasion of Ukraine.” They agreed with the White House that it was up to Kyiv to find a settlement.

Representative Pramila Jayapal, the leader of the House Progressive Caucus, thinks that since US lawmakers are responsible for spending tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer money on military aid to the conflict, the US has to look into all possible options seriously. For example, they asked for direct talks with Russia to find a solution that would be “acceptable to the Ukrainian people.”

They wrote that such a framework would probably include incentives to end hostilities, like easing sanctions and rallying the international community to set security guarantees for a free and independent Ukraine that are acceptable to everyone, especially Ukrainians.

The caucus says that the only alternative to diplomacy is a long war with certain risks and unknown risks that could be catastrophic.

Before starting the invasion on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked for guarantees that the former Soviet republic would never join NATO, the military alliance of the West.

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) speaks at a Student Loan Forgiveness rally on Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th street near the White House on April 27, 2022 in Washington, DC. [Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images]

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US officials didn’t think that NATO was his main concern because Ukraine didn’t have much chance of joining the alliance and was in high-level talks with Russia until the invasion.

When asked about the letter, Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department, said, “Our Ukrainian partners want this war to end more than anyone else.”

Price said they don’t know when it will happen, mainly because the Russians haven’t shown signs that they are willing to talk and do diplomacy.

Price says the US has been giving their Ukrainian allies what they need on the battlefield to be in the best possible position when a negotiation table emerges.

“The US has been very clear: nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine,” said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

In May, the U.S. gave $40 billion in aid to Ukraine, leading the way for the rest of the West to help Ukraine get weapons and fix its economy after Russian attacks destroyed it.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, has promised to beat the Russian invaders and take back their land.

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House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during his weekly news conference December 5, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. [Alex Wong/Getty Images]

The liberals’ call for a strategic shift

Most of the problems in the U.S. have come from the right, where some conservatives question why billions of dollars are being spent on a war far away. Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) made it clear that a House led by Republicans would be against giving more aid to Ukraine.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) talked about Russia’s attacks on Ukraine at an international summit on Monday. She played down the idea that US aid to Ukraine could be cut if Republicans win control of the House.

But the letter from the liberals suggests that pressure may now also be coming from the left for different reasons. This would create a political “pincer movement” that would make it harder for the president to say that only Republicans are against his Ukraine policy.

When asked how long the US will spend billions of dollars on the war, Biden and his top aides often say, “As long as it takes.” But in private, US officials think that neither Russia nor Ukraine can win the war outright. This means that a significant change in how things work is needed if the conflict is to end soon.

This month, Biden and the other leaders of the G7 issued a statement supporting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s “readiness for a just peace.” They said that this “should include” upholding the UN Charter’s protection of territorial integrity, “ensuring Ukraine’s ability to defend itself in the future,” ensuring Ukraine’s reconstruction, which could be paid for by Russia, and “pursuing accountability for Russian crimes.”

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