December 7, 2022

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We need direct talks with Russia and a negotiated settlement | Cast: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Corey Bush, Barbara Lee, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley and others

Dear Mr. President,

We write with appreciation for your commitment to the legitimate struggle of Ukraine against the Russian war of aggression. Your support for self-defense of an independent, sovereign, and democratic nation has been backed by Congress, including through various appropriations for military, economic, and humanitarian aid to advance this cause. The policy of your administration was decisive to enable the Ukrainian people, through their valiant fighting and heroic sacrifices, to deliver a historic military defeat to Russia, forcing Russia to significantly reduce the stated objectives of the invasion.

Crucially, it has achieved this while also emphasizing that it is necessary to avoid direct military conflict with Russia, which could lead to “World War III, something we must strive to prevent”. Was the danger of using nuclear weapons estimated be higher than at any time since the height of the Cold War. Given the catastrophic potential for nuclear escalation and miscalculation, which only increases as this war continues, we agree with your goal of avoiding direct military conflict as a top national security priority.

Given the devastation this war has created for Ukraine and the world, as well as the risk of catastrophic escalation, we also believe it is in the interests of Ukraine, the United States, and the world to avoid a protracted conflict. For this reason, we urge you to pair the US military and economic support for Ukraine with a proactive diplomatic boost, and redouble efforts to find a realistic framework for a ceasefire. This corresponds to your Recognition That “there must be a negotiated settlement here,” and you interest That Vladimir Putin “has no way out now, and I’m trying to figure out what to do about it.”

We have no illusions about the difficulties involved in engaging Russia, given its outrageous and illegal invasion of Ukraine and its decision to further illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory. However, if there is a way to end the war while keeping Ukraine free and independent, it is America’s responsibility to pursue all diplomatic avenues to support such a solution acceptable to the people of Ukraine. Such a framework is supposed to include incentives to end hostilities, including some form of sanctions relief and bring together the international community to put in place security guarantees for a free and independent Ukraine that are acceptable to all parties, particularly Ukrainians. The alternative to diplomacy is protracted war, with its attendant uncertainties and catastrophic and unknown risks.

The Russian invasion caused massive damage to the people of Ukraine, resulting in the deaths of countless Ukrainian civilians. Soldiers13 million people were displaced, while Russia’s recent seizure of cities in eastern Ukraine led to the most significant moment in the conflict and the consolidation of Russian control over nearly 20% of Ukraine’s territory. dispute Threatens Tens of millions more around the world, as skyrocketing prices for wheat, fertilizer and fuel triggered severe crises of world hunger and poverty. A war that is allowed to go on for years – and which is likely to escalate in intensity and geographic scope – threatens to displace, kill and inflame more Ukrainians while causing hunger, poverty and death worldwide. The conflict has also contributed to rising gas and food prices at home, driving up inflation and soaring oil prices for Americans in recent months. Economists believe that if the situation in Ukraine stabilizes, some of the speculative concerns that lead to higher fuel costs will subside and likely lead to a drop in global oil prices.

We agree with management impression It is not America’s place to pressure the Ukrainian government regarding sovereign decisions, and the principle that you have pronounce it That there should be “nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine”. But as lawmakers responsible for spending tens of billions of US taxpayer dollars on military assistance in the conflict, we believe that such involvement in this war also creates a responsibility for the United States to seriously explore all possible avenues, including direct engagement with Russia, to minimize damage and support Ukraine in achieving a peaceful settlement.

In May, President Zelensky, despite stalled negotiations, repeat That the war “will not end definitively except through diplomacy”, and that was in the past explained That “any mentally sound person always chooses the diplomatic path, because he knows: even if it is difficult, it can prevent the loss of thousands, tens of thousands … and possibly millions of lives.”

In conclusion, we urge you to make active diplomatic efforts to support a negotiated settlement and ceasefire, to enter into direct talks with Russia, and to explore the prospects for a new European security arrangement acceptable to all parties, which will allow for an independent and sovereign Ukraine, and in coordination with our Ukrainian partners, we seek a speedy end to the conflict Reaffirming this goal as a major priority for America.

Pramila Jayapal, Member of Congress

Earl Blumenauer, Congressman

Corey Bush, Congressman

Jesus J “Choi” Garcia, Congressman

Raul Grijalva, Congressman

Sarah Jacobs, Congressman

Congressman Ro Khanna

Barbara Lee, Congressman

Ilhan Omar, Member of Parliament

Ayanna Pressley, Member of Congress

Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman

Mark Buchan, Congressman

Ndia M. Velazquez, Member of Congress

Gwen S Moore, Congressman

Yvette de Clark, Congresswoman

Henry C “Hank” Johnson Jr., Congressman

Rashida Tlaib, Member of Parliament

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Member of Congress

Mundir Jones, Congressman

Peter A DeFazio, Congressman

Jamal Bowman, Congressman

Mary Newman, Congressman

Alma S. Adams, Congressman

Chile Pingree, Member of Congress

Jimmy Raskin, Congressman

Bonnie Watson Coleman, Congressman

Mark Takano, Congressman

Andre Carson, Congressman

Donald M. Payne Jr., Congressman

Marc Desolnier, Congressman

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