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Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said on Tuesday that Ukraine must be ready to make concessions to end the conflict with Russia and avoid “a new war against Russia itself”.
The former official urged Western forces not to attempt a total defeat of Russia in Ukraine, saying such an outcome would destabilize Europe and sever international relations.
Kissinger, 98, made his comments at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Monday. Kissinger urged Western powers to use negotiation to end the conflict, warning against further military escalation.
“Negotiations must begin within the next two months before they create upheaval and tension that will not be easily overcome. Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante,” Kissinger said, according to multiple reports.
“To continue the war beyond this point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but about a new war against Russia itself.”
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NATO and its allies have struggled to present a cohesive or unified front as countries like Italy and Hungary have failed to crack down on Russian imports or divest themselves of Russian energy.
The United States poured tens of billions of dollars into the war effort, although the nation halted before an actual military intervention against the invading Russian forces.
Kissinger warned his audience that pushing embargoes or military power any further would risk triggering an all-out war with Russia.
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Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, are currently in Ukraine, where they visited the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, the first U.S. lawmakers to do so. since reopening last week.
The embassy had closed its doors and relocated its operations in the days before Russia invasion of ukraine earlier this year.
“The flag is flying again, and it was very special for me because that’s where I worked when I was in Kyiv,” Fitzpatrick said in a phone interview with Fox News Digital.
The two House members arrived in Kyiv on Tuesday morning as part of a multi-day trip. Members of Congress plan to meet with members of the Ukrainian parliament and will discuss the $40 billion aid package and what Ukrainian officials can expect from it.
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and Greg Norman contributed to this report.