Signs of Diplomacy in Ukraine? Finding a Faint Pulse.

by Ted Snider

“As the intense combat and missile strikes show, peace is still a distant hope in Ukraine. But, for the first time in a long time, a faint diplomatic pulse has been found. In early November, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and privately pushed him to ‘signal an openness to negotiate with Russia and drop their public refusal to engage in peace talks unless President Vladimir Putin is removed from power.’ Publicly, Washington insists that its message was not an attempt to push Ukraine to the negotiating table, but rather an attempt to manage international perceptions. The plan was to strengthen Ukraine’s leverage by ‘reinforc[ing] to the world that it’s Ukraine, not Russia, that wants to resolve the conflict.’ But subsequent reporting has suggested that privately the push was more than perception management.” (11/18/22)