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Ukraine conflict has to end with diplomacy – US
Kiev says it won’t back down, encouraged by Washington’s weapons
As high-ranking White House officials argued the conflict in Ukraine has to have a diplomatic solution, media outlets close to US intelligence reported on Thursday of increasing concerns about Kiev’s hard-line position amid the deteriorating situation on the battlefield. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s defense minister vowed to fight until total victory.

The US will continue to help Ukraine “to the maximum extent possible,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Thursday, “first on the battlefield, and then, ultimately at the negotiating table. We think this has to end with diplomacy.”

Sullivan was speaking at the Center for New American Security (CNAS), a Washington, DC-based lobby group close to the Democratic Party.

CNAS is funded by the likes of Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, which stand to make huge revenues from replenishing American weapons stocks after the conflict. It also received at least $500,000 last year from the US Department of Defence to promote its interests.

It was at CNAS that the Pentagon’s policy chief Colin Kahl revealed earlier this week the US would send Ukraine guided missiles for the HIMARS rocket launchers.

While NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has suggested that Ukraine might have to give up some territory for peace, Sullivan said such a decision was entirely up to Kiev.

“We are not going to be pressing them to make territorial concessions. We think that’s frankly wrong,” he told CNAS.

Sullivan’s comments came after a NBC News report which claimed that some US and European officials were “increasingly concerned that the trajectory of the war in Ukraine is untenable” and were “quietly discussing” asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “temper his hard-line public position” that no territory will ever be ceded to Russia.
The outlet cited seven current and former US and European officials. The story was co-authored by Ken Dilanian, who is known for links with the CIA. One anonymous US official said Washington was not pressuring Kiev to make concessions, “as some Europeans are,” but was “planning for a long war” instead.

NBC also claimed that US President Joe Biden was “not happy” when Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin talked about “winning” the war in late April, after visiting Kiev, but was reportedly persuaded when they told him their remarks had been misinterpreted by the media.

“They believe that we can win; we believe that they – we can win – they can win if they have the right equipment, the right support,” Austin said at the time, adding the US wanted to “see Russia weakened.”

Though Biden allegedly told both Austin and Blinken to “tone it down,” there is no indication the Pentagon chief has done so. On Wednesday, presiding over the ‘contact group’ for arming Ukraine in Brussels, Austin vowed to “bolster Ukraine's armed forces to help them repel Russian aggression now [and] in the future.”

Biden questioned US hawks over Ukraine – media
The US president reportedly told top officials to “tone down” pro-Kiev rhetoric, but ultimately adopted their stance
US President Joe Biden reportedly told senior defense and diplomatic officials in his administration to tone down their rhetoric after they pledged to help Ukraine win the conflict with Russia, NBC News reported on Thursday. Ultimately though their policy was endorsed by the president.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken apparently made statements that President Biden didn’t like during their joint visit to Poland in April, the report noted. Both said the US goal was to help Ukraine win a war against Russia rather than simply defend itself.

Biden held a conference call with both at the time to express concern that they were setting unrealistic expectations about the scope of US support and risked dragging the country into a direct conflict with Russia, NBC News said. The report was based on interviews with seven current US officials and other sources, who were not named.

“Biden was not happy when Blinken and Austin talked about winning in Ukraine,” the outlet cites a source as saying. “He was not happy with the rhetoric.”

While they both claimed that their remarks “had been misconstrued,” the report said. Biden did not admonish them after the explanations, sources who witnessed the call said. Despite concerns that the situation in Ukraine would turn into a protracted conflict, the president adopted the goal of a strategic victory over Russia as policy.
NBC Newsが木曜日に報じたところによると、ジョー・バイデン米大統領は、ウクライナがロシアとの紛争に勝利するための支援を約束した後、政権の防衛・外交当局の高官に暴言を控えるように言ったという。最終的には、彼らの方針は大統領によって承認されたのだが。



"バイデンは、ブリンケンとオースティンがウクライナでの勝利について話したとき、満足していなかった "と同誌は情報筋の話を引用している。"彼はそのレトリックに満足していなかった"


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