Washington had prepared for a ‘protracted conflict’ in Ukraine even before Russia’s attack, officials said
Washington Post reports that the United States will support Ukraine’s long-term conflict with Russia. This is according to administration officials, who claim such plans are in place for some time.
On Friday, a senior staff member of the State Department told The Post that President Joe Biden would love to have an interview. “eventual negotiated conclusion to the war,” voicing hopes that waves of Western arms shipments to Kiev and a harsh sanctions campaign on the Russian economy would weaken Moscow’s ability to fight.
“While it’s certainly challenging – we’re not certainly sugarcoating that – in terms of how to navigate these stormy waters, our guiding light is that the outcome of Russia being able to achieve its maximalist demands is really bad for the United States, really bad for our partners and allies, and really bad for the global community,”According to the anonymous official,
The Biden team was also mentioned. “discussed the possibility of a protracted conflict with global spillover effects”Even before February, when American officials predicted an attack from Russia against its neighbor.
Though support for the Ukrainian government has been costly for Washington – which has devoted more than $50 billion in various forms of aid since March – the Post noted that Biden is willing to risk “a global recession and mounting hunger”Russia’s goals are being thwarted.
Lloyd Austin, US defense secretary, said this during a meeting that took place in Brussels. This was where representatives from more than a dozen countries met to discuss ways of bolstering Kiev. “we’re here to dig in our spurs,”Addition “by working together, we can help Ukraine defend itself from Russia’s cruel assault and we can strengthen Ukraine’s security for the long haul.”
The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has stated similarly that the hostilities may be ended by General Mark Milley. “very protracted,”It may even last forever “years.”
“This is a very extended conflict that Russia has initiated, and I think that NATO, the United States, Ukraine, and all of the allies and partners that are supporting Ukraine are going to be involved in this for quite some time,” the general said, though noted that it was unlikely Moscow could be deterred from its aims short of a US military deployment – a decision he said he “wouldn’t advise.”
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