Progressive Democrats withdraw letter to Biden calling for direct negotiations with Russia

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On October 15, a group of thirty representatives of the Progressive Caucus of the US Democratic Party withdrew a letter to President Joe Biden, which called, in particular, to review the policy towards Ukraine and start direct negotiations with Russia, stated Pramila Jayapal, Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus faction of Democrats in the House of Representatives.

““The Congressional Progressive Caucus hereby withdraws its recent letter to the White House regarding Ukraine,” she said.

“The letter was drafted several months ago, but unfortunately was released by staff without vetting. As Chair of the Caucus, I accept responsibility for this. Because of the timing, our message is being conflated by some as being equivalent to the recent statement by Republican Leader McCarthy threatening an end to aid to Ukraine if Republicans take over…

Nothing could be further from the truth. Every war ends with diplomacy, and this one will too after Ukrainian victory. The letter sent yesterday, although restating that basic principle, has been conflated with GOP opposition to support for the Ukrainians’ just defense of their national sovereignty. As such, it is a distraction at this time and we withdraw the letter.”

On Monday, a group of 30 representatives of House liberals sent a letter to US President Biden urging President Biden to dramatically shift his strategy on the Ukraine war and pursue direct negotiations with Russia, Washington Post reported. This is the first time that prominent members of his own party have pushed him to change his approach to Ukraine.

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