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Blinken, Sullivan Don’t Agree With Milley’s Push for Diplomacy on Ukraine War

CNN reports the State Department is on the 'opposite side of the pole' as Milley, who says now is a good time for peace talks.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley answer questions during a press conference at NATO headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 12, 2022. U.S. Secretary of Defense, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

By Dave DeCamp / Antiwar.com

While Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has publicly voiced support for diplomacy between Ukraine and Russia, other Biden administration officials are against the idea, CNN reported on Friday.

Citing unnamed administration officials, the report said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan disagree with Milley and don’t think it’s time to make a serious push for peace talks.

In a speech to the Economic Club of New York last week, Milley said that he saw an opportunity for peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. “When there’s an opportunity to negotiate when peace can be achieved, seize it,” he said. “Seize the moment.”

The CNN report said that Milley has in recent weeks “led a strong push to seek a diplomatic solution” to the fighting. But his position is not a popular one in the administration, and one official said that the State Department has the opposite view of Milley.

The report reads: “One official explained that the State Department is on the opposite side of the pole from Milley. That dynamic has led to a unique situation where military brass are more fervently pushing for diplomacy than US diplomats.”

Throughout the war, Blinken and his State Department have shown little interest in diplomacy with Russia. Blinken has only held one known phone call with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, since the February 24th invasion, and the conversation was focused on a potential prisoner swap, not the war in Ukraine.

According to media reports, Sullivan had held recent talks with his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, and the White House has confirmed there’s been high-level communication with Russia. Sullivan also encouraged Ukraine to soften its stance on talks with Russia, but he still does not agree that it’s time to push Kyiv to negotiate with Moscow.

Russia on Friday announced it completed its withdrawal from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson on Friday. According to other media reports, some US officials see the coming winter and Ukraine retaking Kherson as a good opportunity for peace talks.

While there are now growing calls for diplomacy, the US and NATO still have big plans to arm and train Ukraine for years to come. The US recently announced it was opening a command in Germany to oversee its mission in Ukraine that will be staffed by 300 military personnel and led by a three-star general. The command is set to open in 2023.


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Dave DeCamp is the news editor of Antiwar.com, follow him on Twitter @decampdave.

8 comments

  1. Need an investigation of Blinken and his connection to Epstein. See Whitney Webb’s new book “One Nation Under Blackmail”.

    1. The only officials who want to continue this war are the ones who are making a shitload of money and power from it. Vert few if any of these morons has seen the Elephant.

    2. Now how does that little song go again; (sing it, Louis Armstrong)

      “When Nazis was in Ukraine Land;
      Let my people go.
      Oppressed so hard they could not stand;
      Let my people go.”

      “Go down, Putin;
      Way down in Ukraine Land.
      Tell Old Biden;
      Let my people go.”

      “Wired that Nova Kakhovka Dam;
      Let my people go.
      That’s the ruthless way of Uncle Sam;
      Let my people go.”

      “Shelled the Zaporizhzhia Plant;
      Let my people go.
      To make the radiation vent;
      Let my people go.”

      “Go down, Putin;
      Way down in Ukraine Land.
      Tell Old Biden;
      Let my people go.”

  2. This is one of the things that The President is TOTALLY WRONG on, and we need to send him millions of messages, telling him to look for a diplomatic solution, before there are no more living people in Ukraine!!!!

  3. Putin had called several times for international diplomatic intervention, only to be ridiculed by the US. This is Biden’s war, not “Putin’s war,” and Biden clearly doesn’t want the conflict to be resolved.

  4. Whenever a cretin like Miley, with his silly chest full Pavlovian medals, says it time for negotiations for peace he means peace on the United States terms and no one else’s. What the United States, and Miley really mean, is subjugation through domination. The only ” peace ” the American ruling class and its lapdogs in government know.

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