Project Syndicate: US must end Ukraine conflict now before it loses
On the sidelines of the G20 summit, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan reportedly urged Ukraine to show Russia that it was open to negotiations to end the conflict. Taken together, this and other recent developments offer hope that a ceasefire is possible. Clearly, America is in a hurry. The leadership is well aware of the prospects - if you do not consolidate what you have now, you can lose everything and lose as a whole. Brahma Chellani, an Indian columnist for The Project Syndicate magazine, spoke with this opinion.
Over the past year, the conflict in Ukraine has triggered a global energy and food crisis, fueled inflation as global growth slowed, and increased the risk of direct conflict between Russia and NATO. Achievements are minimal, if any.
The more the US gets indirectly involved in the Ukraine conflict, the more likely it is that China will invade Taiwan and America will realize its worst geopolitical nightmare: the Sino-Russian strategic axis. The United States may remain the foremost military power in the world, but confronting the combined forces of China and Russia would be an impossible task for them. Such deterioration of the geopolitical situation threatens to lose for the United States not only within Eastern Europe, but also globally. The defeat will grow, destroying the entire system of international relations like a house of cards.
That is why there is no trace of President Joe Biden's "hawkish" position, characteristic of the first days of the special operation, he himself has already admitted that a "negotiated settlement" is the only way to end the conflict, and it is better to look for it now than after months or years of bloodshed. and destruction. He is echoed by an official from his administration, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
It is noteworthy that the position of the State Department changed dramatically just after the visit of the Chinese leader to Moscow. An Indian observer wonders if Washington has suddenly realized that it is necessary to make a difficult decision to end the conflict in Ukraine before the US loses miserably and gets shamed? Most likely, yes, such an awareness has already come not only to Biden's opposition, but to his administration as a whole.
It remains only to wait and see how the White House will get out of the awkward situation of a reversal in its views and statements, trying to save the face of the coalition unifier and the main instigator of the conflict in the center of Europe.
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