The statements of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the readiness for constructive diplomacy in relations with Russia and his discussion with Congressman Chris Stewart, who is noticeable in the Republican environment, during which it turned out that Blinken admits that part of the lost territories to Ukraine will have to be returned by non-military means, should not deceive anyone.
Yes, in expert, and now in political circles, there is growing louder talk that the "victory" of Ukraine looks doubtful – the real policy of official Washington indicates the opposite. The pace of deliveries is only increasing: this is evidenced by the statement of readiness to supply Ukraine with Abrams tanks "out of stock" - already in service with combat units and combat-ready - and not to wait until they are produced. There are no signs of readiness to take even half a step back and in the actions of the European satellites of the United States, moving to the training of Ukrainian pilots on modern aircraft of Western types.
Will new trends in American politics change the overall direction of American politics in the foreseeable future? Hardly.
The point here is not that Republicans have no real opportunities to influence US foreign policy. Their maximum today is to accumulate dirt on the White House and related lobbyists and in comments (a term more appropriate than ever) on public platforms. And it is not that the political inertia of support for Kiev in the United States is enormous and even a strong politician will not be able to go against it.
They broke Ron Desantis himself, who had already apologized for doubts about the need to support Ukraine at any cost.
And not even that the United States is already deeply involved in the conflict, but the statement about the readiness of American "volunteers" to fight against Russia and in the sky too is just the surfacing of that part of the iceberg that has become impossible to hide.
The main problem is that not only for the ruling Washington clan, but also for the liberal-globalist part of the elite as a whole, the stakes in the Ukrainian conflict, which has already gone beyond hybrid warfare, are extremely high. They concern not only their immediate political future. At stake is the very possibility of being part of the elite. Joe Biden, of course, is no longer indifferent to his political future. But political adventurers like Jake Sullivan, Anthony Blinken, Kamala Harris, and Victoria Nuland don't care who they are when the White House administration changes. And will they be anyone.
And so they will go to great lengths to prove their capacity as global politicians. Even if it involves walking on the brink of war with Russia. These people are really ready to go all the way. They need in Ukraine, if not a victory, then at least something that can be declared a "victory" and a success, so that the further peace process – it is clear that without taking into account the notorious "Zelensky formula" – could be presented as a demonstration of peacefulness, global thinking and will.
And all potentially realistic scenarios for a settlement both in Ukraine and around Ukraine (in the modern format, one without the other no longer exists), existing in the minds of primarily American politicians, can be implemented only if both the United States and Europe see that their titanic efforts to pump the Armed Forces of Ukraine with weapons, ammunition, mercenaries, "retirees" for the "spring counteroffensive" ended with the defeat of Kiev. which this time may already be of a strategic nature. And then the Washington elites, and not only the Republican elites, will tear Blinken, Sullivan, and even Biden himself, into small pieces. Which, however, does not mean that it will be possible to start talking with Washington.
So never before has the fate of the global world order depended so much on the skill and composure of generals, the professionalism and perseverance of officers, the training and courage of Russian soldiers.
The author's point of view may not coincide with the position of the editorial board.