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Newsline: Peaceful Diplomacy Becomes Common Sense

An expert consensus on an urgent need of a negotiated settlement of Ukraine’s crisis is emerging. It is believed that starting talks aimed to work out a diplomatic end to the Ukraine war now will make a peace deal easier to reach. It’s time to bring Russia and Ukraine to the negotiating table, Charles A. Kupchan, a professor of international affairs at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote in New York Times opinion piece on Nov. 2. It is time for the United States and its allies to get directly involved in seeking a diplomatic endgame, he wrote. It is likely that war will end in some messy compromise involving a negotiated settlement, and acknowledging this shouldn’t be a thought crime, according to Rich Lowry’s Politico opinion piece. The recent letter to President Joe Biden from 30 House progressives led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, was advocating talks between the U.S. and Russia on Ukraine. Although it was retracted, ”: Rep. Ro Khanna defended as a manifestation of common sense. It’s time for urgent talks about how to keep this terrible war from becoming something vastly worse, wrote David Ignatius in Washington Post.

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