Washington will “strengthen” Ukraine until Kiev reaches “just right” terms at the negotiating table, says Foreign Minister Antony Blinken
As Russia mobilizes hundreds of thousands of troops, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a United Nations meeting on Thursday that Washington would bolster Kiev’s forces until it could end its conflict with Russia. under favorable conditions.
Addressing the United Nations Security Council, Blinken stated that the United States “Will continue to support Ukraine as it defends itself, and strengthen its hand to reach a fair diplomatic solution at the negotiating table.”
“Diplomacy is the only way to end this war,” Blinken continued. “However, diplomacy cannot and must not be used as a joke to impose on Ukraine an agreement to reduce violations of the UN Charter, or to reward Russia for violating it.”
Blinken’s statement echoes his often-repeated saying that the US must help Kiev achieve military victories so it can make its terms in a final settlement with Moscow. To that end, the United States has flooded Ukraine with increasingly advanced weapons and economic and humanitarian aid to Kiev, at a cost to Americans of about $54 billion since February. .
However, Ukraine’s only successful assault on the conflict to date came earlier this month in an area where Russian and allied forces are significantly lighter, and Kiev’s forces have may face much tougher challenges in the coming months, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the mobilization of 300,000 reservations on Wednesday.
Complicating matters further is Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky’s pledge to occupy the Russian territory of Crimea, as well as the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The two Donbass republics will vote this week on joining the Russian Federation, with similar referendums held in the Russian-controlled Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. In 2014, Crimea voted to rejoin Russia.
While most Western leaders have stated that they foresee The conflict ended in a negotiated peace, with no NATO or EU head of state calling on Zelensky to compromise on his plans to capture Donbass and Crimea. Few analysts or experts in the West have questioned the Ukrainian leader’s publicly stated goals, with those who have, such as former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, been denounced at home and declare the enemy of Ukraine by Kiev.