Ukraine War, June 2, 2023: Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in eloquent speech, rejects negotiations at this point, “territorial concessions”, and any ceasefire which would freeze the conflict

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1) Missy Ryan, “U.S. rebuffs cease-fire calls in its strategy for Ukraine resilience,” Washington Post, June 2, 2023 (updated at 10:01 a.m.EDT);

2) Antony Blinken, “Speech by Secretary Blinken: “Russia’s Strategic Failure and Ukraine’s Secure Future,” Helsinki, June 2, 2023, U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia, June 2, 2023.


Miisy Ryan of the Washington Post reports on significant aspects of secretary of State Antony Blinken’s speech in Helsinki yesterday. Of foremost importance were rejection if any negiations soon, any frozen conflict, and any settle pment terms that would lead to a Potemkin peace”.

In doing so her brought U.S. policy into much closer alignment with the terms of the U.N. General Assembly Resolution of February 23, 2023 on the requirements for a just and lasting peace.

Ryan reported,

Amid growing calls for a mediated peace from nations such as China and Brazil, Blinken also laid out principles for what he termed “a just and lasting peace.” Among those principles, he said, are Ukraine’s territorial integrity, Russian reparations and accountability for war crimes.

He rebuffed calls for cease-fires or concessions of Ukrainian land in any “land for peace” formulas, prospects he said would represent a “Potemkin peace.”

“A cease-fire that simply freezes current lines in place — and enables Putin to consolidate control over the territory he has seized, and rest, rearm, and re-attack — is not a just and lasting peace,” Blinken said. “It would legitimize Russia’s land grab. It would reward the aggressor and punish the victim.”

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