(Chicago Tribune) Three months have passed since Russia invaded Ukraine, and calls for negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin are growing.
The leaders of the European Union’s three largest member states — Germany, France and Italy — have all recently issued statements calling for a cease-fire, with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz underscoring the need for this to come “as quickly as possible.” Italy and Hungary sought — unsuccessfully — for the EU to call for an immediate cease-fire at its summit this week.
The influential New York Times Editorial Board has emphasized the unlikeliness of a decisive Ukrainian victory and insisted that responsible leaders have a duty to “not chase after an illusory ‘win.’ ” And former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger made waves at the recent Davos Forum with his suggestion that “negotiations on peace need to begin in the next two months or so,” even if this involves Ukraine ceding sovereign territory to Russia. […]
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