After draining billions of taxpayer dollars for military and humanitarian aid in Ukraine, many world leaders are now backing off the rhetoric that the country should continue to defend itself as Russia makes small but steady advances.
During a trip to Europe, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin publicly stated that the US desires a Ukrainian victory that leads to a weakened Russia. Biden reportedly said their remarks had gone too far and demanded they tone down their rhetoric, according to NBC News.
Officials in the US and Europe are increasingly concerned that Ukraine’s current trajectory is not sustainable.
Behind the scenes, they’re discussing whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky should back down from his stance that no territory will be ceded to Russia as part of a peace agreement.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been an advocate for diplomacy since the invasion started, recently said that Zelensky “must” begin negotiating with Russia.
However, some Biden administration officials continue to insist American taxpayers are in it for the long run.
“We are not pressuring them to make concessions, as some Europeans are. We would never ask them to cede territory,” an anonymous official said. We are planning for a long war. We intend to prepare the American people for that, and we are prepared to ask Congress for more money.”