30 U.S. House Democrats urge Biden to start direct talks with Russia

25 October 2022, 12:58 PM
Congressmen offer Biden to start negotiations (Photo:REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert)

Congressmen offer Biden to start negotiations (Photo:REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert)

Thirty members of the U.S. Congress from the Democratic Party signed a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden on Oct. 24 urging him to pursue direct negotiations with the Russian Federation, U.S. newspaper the Washington Post has reported.

The lawmakers said they believe that the economic and military support the United States is providing Ukraine with must be paired with “a proactive diplomatic push, redoubling efforts to seek a realistic framework for a cease-fire.”

“We are under no illusions regarding the difficulties involved in engaging Russia given its outrageous and illegal invasion of Ukraine,” the Democrats’ letter states. “If there is a way to end the war while preserving a free and independent Ukraine, it is America’s responsibility to pursue every diplomatic avenue to support such a solution that is acceptable to the people of Ukraine.”

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The letter, in particular, was signed by Congressmen Jamie Raskin, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Corey Bush and Ilhan Omar, who represent the so-called "left wing" of the Democratic Party.

The letter provides no suggestions as to how a “diplomatic solution” could be reached with Russia. 

Neither does it make mention of the payment of war reparations by Russia to Ukraine, the return of the thousands of Ukrainians, including children, forcibly deported to Russia, or the creation of an international war crimes tribunal to prosecute Russians suspected of committing atrocities and genocide.

Also, there is no call in the letter for the complete de-occupation by Russia of Ukraine, including Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula – a key goal of Ukraine.

It does, however, mentions sanctions relief as an incentive for Russia to end hostilities.

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