The Biden White House, in a baffling move that utterly contradicts the concept of de-escalation of conflict, publicly rejected a China-brokered ceasefire plan between Russia and Ukraine Thursday.
Kyiv had reportedly welcomed the peaceful overture “as a signal.” Reuters reported in late February that President Volodymyr Zelenskiy saw “some merit” in the 12-point plan from Beijing. However, according to The Daily Wire, the Biden Administration rejected the talks outright claiming that any pause in the fighting would prove advantageous to Moscow.
United States opposes a ceasefire in Ukraine because right now it would mean securing Russian gains and “would be a violation of the UN Charter,” White House spokesman John Kirby said.. pic.twitter.com/I3NO9vQHBE
— Geo_monitor (@colonelhomsi) March 17, 2023
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told the media,
“While that sounds perfectly reasonable and it sounds like a good thing, a ceasefire right now would basically ratify Russia’s conquest. Russia would basically be free to use that ceasefire to further entrench its positions in Ukraine, to rebuild their forces, refit them, re-man them, retrain them so that they can then restart attacks at a time of their choosing.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit Moscow and confer with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the coming days and has reportedly reached out to Zelenskiy who has expressed a willingness to speak with him. Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang spoke with Ukraine’s top diplomat Dmytro Kuleba in a Thursday phone call according to Daily Wire.
“I plan to meet Xi Jinping and believe this will be beneficial for our countries and for security in the world,” Zelenskiy said in February per Reuters.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted Tuesday, “We stand ready to build on China’s Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis and continue to play a constructive role in facilitating a political settlement of the Ukraine crisis with the international community.”
We stand ready to build on China’s Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis and continue to play a constructive role in facilitating a political settlement of the Ukraine crisis with the international community. pic.twitter.com/KTbY7KacZD
— Spokesperson发言人办公室 (@MFA_China) March 14, 2023
The Chinese plan calls upon the U.S. and Europe to stop “unilateral sanctions and maximum pressure,” against Russia, which is likely the largest sticking point for the Biden administration. However, many conservatives have argued that bringing an end to the bloodshed and getting both Kyiv and Moscow to come to the table could be worth relaxing sanctions.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters according to Reuters, “China doesn’t have much credibility because they have not been able to condemn the illegal invasion of Ukraine.”
In a statement Thursday, former President and 2024 Presidential Candidate Donald Trump said,
“Every day this proxy battle in Ukraine continues, we risk global war. We must be absolutely clear that our objective is to IMMEDIATELY have a total cessation of hostilities. All shooting has to stop. This is the central issue. We need PEACE without delay.”
He added, “we have to finish the process we began under my Administration of fundamentally reevaluating NATO’s purpose and NATO’s mission. Our foreign policy establishment keeps trying to pull the world into conflict with a nuclear-armed Russia based on the lie that Russia represents our greatest threat. But the greatest threat to Western Civilization today is not Russia. It’s probably, more than anything else, ourselves and some of the horrible, U.S.A. hating people that represent us.”
One thing that seems certain, is that rather than throw out even the chance of talks as Biden has, Trump would’ve likely gone to the negotiating table.