ZeroHedge | by Tyler Durden Monday, Nov 07, 2022 – 03:00 AM
The White House is now privately urging the Ukrainian government to show openness toward negotiations with Russia, The Washington Post reported Saturday. It follows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pledging to never enter negotiations with Moscow unless Vladimir Putin is removed from power.
The US administration appears to be trying to nuance the push not as a compromise, but under the optics of ensuring Ukraine “maintains a moral high ground in the eyes of its international backers” as “a calculated attempt to ensure the government in Kyiv maintains the support of other nations facing constituencies wary of fueling a war for many years to come”.
This marks the first reported major admission on the part of the Biden administration that dealing with rising food and fuel costs – also at a moment just ahead of midterm elections in which voters are dreading inflation – is a public priority in the West that is quickly supplanting the question of whether Ukraine will “win”.
The WaPo report indicates the White House is fully cognizant of the growing war “fatique” – also amid increased vocal GOP objections to the ‘blank check’ approach to Ukraine foreign aid: