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U.S. liberal Democrats urge Biden to seek negotiated Ukraine settlement

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By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thirty liberal U.S. congressional Democrats urged President Joe Biden on Monday to shift his strategy for the Russia-Ukraine war by pursuing a negotiated settlement along with his current provision of military and economic support to Kyiv.

"Given the destruction created by this war 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 prolonged conflict," the 30 Democratic members of the House of Representatives said in a letter to Biden.

"For this reason, we urge you to pair the military and

economic support the United States has provided to Ukraine with a proactive diplomatic push, redoubling efforts to seek a realistic framework for a ceasefire," the Democrats' letter said.

Some Republicans have warned there could be tighter control of funding for Ukraine if their party wins control of Congress.

The letter was led by Representative Pramila Jayapal, who chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Asked for comment, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said: "Right now, we have heard from Ukrainian partners, repeatedly, that this war will only end through diplomacy and dialogue. We have not heard any reciprocal statement or refrain from Moscow that they are ready in good faith to engage in that diplomacy and dialogue."

Washington has committed about $66 billion for Ukraine since Russia invaded it in late February, providing Kyiv with weapons and other military assistance, humanitarian aid and economic support.

The letter comes with just two weeks to go before Nov. 8 U.S. mid-term elections that will determine which party controls Congress.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy recently said there will be no "blank check" for Ukraine if Republicans win control of the chamber from Biden's fellow Democrats, raising concerns that Republicans might choke off Ukraine aid.

However, analysts said the party was more likely to slow it down or pare it back.

U.S. liberal Democrats urge Biden to seek negotiated Ukraine settlement
 

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jason xx
jason xx Oct 25, 2022 6:27AM ET
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Disgusting appeasers dont understand appeasement makes it worse. Kicks the can
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Riddie Oct 25, 2022 1:19AM ET
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that's because socialists stick together. Democrats are socialist, Putin is a socialist. Democrats want to help Putin. Socialism is murderous, Democrats are murderous, Putin is murderous.
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jason xx Oct 25, 2022 1:19AM ET
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This is truly the average intelligence level on the right.
jason xx
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Now do the one about hit... ler being a socialist
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This is Democrats NOT sticking together.  These 30 Democrats are DISAGREEING with the Biden Admin's approach with Russia.  Having room for some disagreements within a party is a good thing.  Unlike the party purgings that's being happening with the retrumplicans, where they are so slavishly devoted to Trump that he said he can ***someone on 5 Ave. w/out consequences from his base.
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jason xx   China calls itself the "People's Republic" instead of the CCP's Republic.  NK calls itself "Democratic People's Republic" instead of Kim's Republic.  Russia calls itself a "Federation" when the minority states have no autonomy.  Trump calls himself "smart" and "stable  genius".
Carrascal Eduardo
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Great initiative. The 66bn have disappeared, burned, lost, etc... and for what? more than double is needed to rebuild Ukraine and the dead, wounded, missing... Zelesky speaks of 65,000 dead Russians, how many Ukrainians? It would be easier to count the dead themselves. Stop the criminal shipment of weapons and negotiate the sooner the better....
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"Some Republicans have warned there could be tighter control of funding for Ukraine if their party wins control of Congress."  --  This is an incentive for Putin to prolong his war of aggression.
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Kevin McCarthy doesn't what to upset Putin's friend Donald Trump.
 
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