Vivek Ramaswamy, biotech entrepreneur and anti-Awakening asset manager turned Republican presidential nominee, has a plan to end Russia’s year-and-a-half year war on Ukraine — sort of.
The 38-year-old political rookie will unveil what he says is a plan to end the brutal conflict by ending U.S. support for Kiev and “negotiating a peace treaty with Russia on a key U.S. security objective: stopping Russia’s growing military power to ally with China”.
Mr Ramaswamy, who will speak on Friday at Republican Lincoln Day in Belknap County, New Hampshire, will say his plan is part of an effort by the late US President Richard Nixon to break the Soviet Union’s alliance with the People’s Republic of China Mirroring approach China cites what he calls Russian President Vladimir Putin’s status as the “new Mao Zedong”.
independent A copy of his speech was obtained ahead of Friday’s event. It cites two decade-old treaties between Russia and the People’s Republic of China, as well as the “unrestricted” partnership announced by Mr Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, as evidence that the Sino-Russian alliance “constitutes the largest The military risk “has been faced before” and accused President Joe Biden of supporting the U.S. and Western defense of Ukraine through quarterbacks, “pushing Russia into a closer military alliance with China, which increases the risk of nuclear war” .
While Mr Ramaswamy’s prepared remarks called his conflict resolution a “peace treaty”, what he proposed did not appear to fit the definition of that term.
In general, peace treaties represent the ultimate solution to armed conflicts. Notable examples include the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, and the 1951 Treaty of San Francisco, which formally ended World War II.
Instead, he is proposing something similar to the UN-imposed truce that has been in force on the Korean peninsula since 1953.
Under the terms of his plan, Kiev would legalize Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Donbas region, ceding it to Russia. The United States and the West will end all sanctions on Russia, stop defense aid to Ukraine, and NATO will ban Ukraine from membership in the 31-nation defense pact. The alliance will also withdraw troops deployed on its eastern border since 2016 – including closing all bases on NATO territory in Eastern Europe.
In return, he proposed that Russia withdraw from the 2001 treaty with China, ending the “unrestricted” partnership, while ceasing any military cooperation with Beijing, rejoining the New START arms control treaty, withdrawing any troops deployed in Latin America, And remove “all nukes”. Weapons and delivery capabilities” come from Belarus, any Ukrainian territory it annexes, and the Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, the only ice-free port for Russia’s Baltic Fleet.
His prepared remarks offered no evidence that Russia was willing to end cooperation with China or abandon its military presence in Kaliningrad, which has been a key naval base since Soviet times. Nor did he offer any evidence to back up his claim that Moscow is willing to sever decades of friendly relations with Beijing in exchange for an end to Western sanctions, especially one that has existed since the early 2000s.
Despite multiple credible reports from U.S. officials and other Western governments that the Wehrmacht in Kiev has dealt a significant blow to Russia’s conventional combat capabilities, he intends to say he believes Ukraine “doesn’t” without “special intervention.” would defeat Russia militarily,” he claimed, which would weaken the United States’ ability to respond to a Chinese attack on Taiwan.
“Under my peace plan, Ukrainian sovereignty will remain intact and Russia’s position as an enemy will be permanently weakened. The best way for Ukraine to maintain its own security is to accept the agreement negotiated by the United States, backed by Russia’s commitment to the United States, ‘ he will say.
Rolling out his Ukraine conflict plan is the political novice’s first foray into foreign policy since launching his presidential campaign earlier this year.
His opposition to continued U.S. defense aid to Kiev echoes the views of many pro-Trump wings of the Republican Party, which tend to view Russia much better than the American public.
In a press release, the DNC condemned the plan to “side with our allies as Vladimir Putin wages an unjust and violent war in Ukraine,” and mocked Ramaswa Mr. Ramaswamy is the “MAGA Republican Presidential Candidate”.
“Vivek Ramaswamy’s pledge to end U.S. support for Ukraine — a threat to our allies on the ground and to democracy itself,” the DNC said.
The DNC also noted that Mr. Ramaswamy’s stance was in sync with that of most of the Republican presidential candidates, including the two top-voted candidates: Mr. Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Mr Trump, who has long expressed an affinity for Mr Putin, has described him in a positive light despite ordering the unprovoked invasion of another country, praising the war crime-ridden invasion that came days after a Russian tank attack After the “savvy” and “genius” crossed the Ukrainian border.
Mr DeSantis, who is second only to Mr Trump in most polls of Republican primary voters, has downplayed the war – the largest land conflict on the continent since 1945 – as a “territorial dispute” and overflights “Frontier Areas”.
But the response to the plan has been far more generous from retired four-star US Navy Admiral James Stavridis, who was NATO’s top allied commander in Europe from 2009 to 2013.
Mr Stavridis told independent In an email, he “fully supports creativity in international diplomacy” and said he “would like to be able to say that this kind of resolution is possible”. But he added that he could not say there would be such an opportunity.
For one, the former NATO commander said Mr Putin was “so invested in the relationship with China” that there was “zero” chance of him abandoning the partnership with Xi.
He added that, in his estimation, Russia would “never” agree to give up Kaliningrad as a base for its nuclear forces, and said it was also unlikely that Kiev would agree to ceding about 20 percent of its territory to Moscow.
“I also don’t think the West is willing to completely get rid of Ukraine and deny them proper security guarantees, or even NATO membership. Red lines are important on both sides,” he said.
But Mr Stavridis did say he saw a “North Korea-style truce” as the most likely outcome of the 14-month conflict, warning that “it’s time to know where those borders are or what the trade-offs are.” It’s too early to happen.”
“Our job in the West is obviously to give the Ukrainians everything they need in terms of materials and training so that they are in the best possible position when the negotiations finally start,” he said, adding later, “One thing [he knows] What is certain” is that the Ukraine war raises “huge and complex issues involving all parties’ interests” and could potentially be resolved “within 24 hours,” as Mr. Trump suggested during a recent CNN town hall. Solve the problem”[ing] negative infinity”.
While the former admiral was cautious in his assessment of Mr. Ramaswamy’s plans, a prominent Republican foreign policy veteran was less generous when asked to comment on his proposal.
Senator Lindsey Graham, a longtime member of the House of Lords foreign relations committee, told independent On Thursday, the anti-Awakening businessman’s plan amounted to “rewarding aggression” and called him “someone who really doesn’t understand how the world works.”
He added that rewarding Putin for his aggression would make China feel entitled to take Taiwan.
“You know, when it comes to our freedom, I’m glad people don’t think that way,” he said. “Go study history and give me an example where aggression is rewarded where you get less aggression”.
Veteran Washington correspondent Eric Garcia contributes reporting on Capitol Hill