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Senator J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) expressed on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the United States must recognize Ukraine’s potential need to cede territory to Russia to conclude the ongoing conflict.
Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Vance stated his opposition to further aid to Ukraine, doubting the country’s ability to overpower Russia. Senator Vance said, “What’s in America’s best interest is to accept Ukraine is going to have to cede some territory to the Russians and we need to bring this war to a close.” He also highlighted the human cost of the war, adding that the violence must end.
The debate in Congress over additional aid to Ukraine and Israel has intensified, with many Republicans, including Vance, opposing further assistance without incorporating increased border security measures. This stance led to Senate Republicans blocking a recent $111 billion emergency supplemental package proposed by President Biden, which included aid for Ukraine and Israel, as well as for the Indo-Pacific region and Gaza.
Vance emphasized the inevitability of negotiations to resolve the Ukraine conflict, questioning the effectiveness of additional financial aid. “Everybody knows this was always going to end in negotiation,” he said, criticizing the notion that Ukraine could reclaim all its territory from Russia as unrealistic. Vance urged President Biden and global leaders to clarify their objectives for Ukraine, questioning, “What is $61 billion going to accomplish that $100 billion hasn’t?”