Outlining his foreign policy vision, Ron DeSantis says he wants a ‘settlement’ in Ukraine

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'I do not want to see a wider war.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis now says he wants a “settlement” in the ongoing Russian war with Ukraine, his latest dovish position in the military conflict.

“In terms of what’s going on over in eastern Europe, you know, I’d like to see a settlement of this. I do not want to see a wider war. I think it’s completely unknowable what it will look like in January of 2025. But I would not want to see the United States with our troops get enmeshed in a war in Russia or in Ukraine,” DeSantis said Wednesday on Fox News Tonight.

The Governor had previously called for a “ceasefire.”

In comments made to Nikkei AsiaRon DeSantis called for a cessation of hostilities, lest a situation happen such as the entrenched bloodshed in World War I.

“You don’t want to end up in, like, a Verdun situation, where you just have mass casualties, mass expense, and end up with a stalemate.” he said. “It’s in everybody’s interest to try to get to a place where we can have a cease-fire.”

More than 300,000 people died in Verdun.

DeSantis also suggested the fight was Europe’s fight, not so much America’s concern.

“The Europeans really need to do more. I mean, this is their continent. The U.S. has provided security for them. And yes, Poland — there’s some that are doing stuff, and that should be appreciated. But Germany, they’re not doing anything,” DeSantis said.

In March, DeSantis decried the war as “something that we have to have an open-ended blank check policy for” and “essentially a stalemate,” depleting “our current weapons stockpiles here in the United States.”

DeSantis originally deemed the war a “territorial dispute” and not one of America’s “vital national interests” in a statement provided to Tucker Carlson, in a seeming effort to curry favor with the now-former Fox News host.

He soon enough walked that position back, telling Piers Morgan “it wasn’t that I thought Russia had a right to that, and so if I should have made that more clear, I could have done it.”

DeSantis’ muddled position has earned him criticism from former Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, each of whom rejected his “territorial dispute” framing.

Former President Donald Trump knocked the Governor’s “neocon rhetoric” when he tried to walk back the “territorial dispute” language last month.

The sharpest criticism may be from 2024 candidate Nikki Haley, however, who said the Governor was “weak in the knees.”

A.G. Gancarski

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  • PeterH

    May 24, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    We all want a Ukraine settlement. We want Russia to leave Ukraine! It’s pretty simple Ron ….. there is ABSOLUTELY NO ROOM FOR A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT!

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  • Nazi Casey

    May 24, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    Nazi Casey

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 25, 2023 at 7:53 am

      Casey isn’t even her birth name. Apparently it’s fine with Ron DeSantis to change your birth name, but that’s it. No other changes. Like, except the genital mutilation called, you know, circumcision. People are saying Ron had a big ole crush on Casey Anthony but she was too tall for him and turned him down and that is how Mrs. Rhonda ended up being called Casey after Ron ordered her and after she got like, you know, mailed to USA to become Mrs Rhonda.

  • Adelbert World Wide 👍

    May 24, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    The settlement is Ukraine causing Putin to pull out of Ukraine. The Russians won’t stop if there’s any other kind of settlement at this point. Better to continue to arm them and reach a settlement that way. Putin will not settle until he has to due to losses.

  • Komrade Kasey DeTraitor

    May 24, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    Komrade Kasey wants the proletariat to FALL IN LINE, PEASANTS!

  • Michael K

    May 24, 2023 at 10:45 pm

    Way on over his head, and stuff.

  • You know like you know like you know

    May 25, 2023 at 7:42 am

    No Ron, you know, we like don’t know what you’re, you know, like talking about. Stop telling us that, you know, we know, you know? Like you totally come across as, you know, an ignoranus valley girl, Rhonda. Keep talking the fool and Yarvard and Hale might ask you to return those liberal ed Ivy League degrees they handed you.

  • Ron De Moe

    May 25, 2023 at 7:48 am

    Ron says Germany isn’t doing anything for Ukraine. Germany says different, going all the way back to 2014. It’s an easy read at https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-en/service/support-ukraine-2004148

    Ron seems to be a an ignoranus. Both Yarvard and Hale should have him return the apparently useless liberal ed degrees they gave him.

    What’s Florida done for Ukraine? What has Ron done for Ukraine? Both, nada. Nada damn thing other than calling the war a “border dispute.”

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 25, 2023 at 8:03 am

    Let’s make a deal. How about this? The world gets Ukraine. Russia gets Florida.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 25, 2023 at 8:04 am

      Yes, Mr Putin, you DO have to take both DeSantis and Trump. They are in Florida. They are part and parcel to this deal. If you won’t take both of DeSantis and Trump, there is no deal.

      • MH/Duuuval

        May 25, 2023 at 1:19 pm

        Putin already has made mental hostages of Florida men Ron and Donnie. Ukraine is a shining object mesmerizing him, but history suggests appeasement doesn’t work in the long run — it only emboldens the aggressor.

        Quickest exit is when some patriotic Russian takes out Putin. Meanwhile, the bloodshed on both sides is tragic — especially civilians..

  • Wider War

    May 25, 2023 at 8:58 am

    Ron does not want to see a wider war.

    Wider than their own hips? Or did they say “whiter”?

  • Sarah Palin

    May 25, 2023 at 9:23 am

    Ron sure does know a lot about foreign policy, by golly. “There’s some that are doing stuff.” Mama Bear wishes she knew as much as Ron so she could have sounded so smart like Ron.

  • Tom Palmer

    May 25, 2023 at 9:34 am

    If Florida would quit censoring social studies textbooks….

  • Lex

    May 25, 2023 at 10:54 am

    If the war is still on going, I would suggest that the USA and NATO get involved. They draw a hard line at no loss of land from Ukraine to Russia, but that no punishments be placed on Russia. You cannot reward bad behavior. Russia cannot get land from its military action, it will only incent future conflict. But we also do not need to punish Russia, since it was Biden incompetence that made the Russians think they had a window to take land.

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 25, 2023 at 1:21 pm

      Biden? Don’t you mean Trump who met with Putin alone except for a Russian translator, and allowed no transcript of what was said?

  • Buildr1

    May 25, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Pretty much all NATO nations came to our aid when 911 happened, The USA is one of many nations that look out for one another, I know Ukraine isn’t in NATO, but if Russia keeps attacking Ukraine it’s going to be a matter of time before they do keep stealing land, and that land will be a NATO nation…

  • Alex z

    May 25, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    The US needs to do more.

  • William LaSalle

    May 26, 2023 at 3:23 am

    Ukrainian militaries (since 1917) have been mostly fighting with armies of neighboring states, such as the Russian Provisional Government (Kiev Bolshevik Uprising November 1917).

    The Ukrainian War of Independence was a series of conflicts involving many adversaries that lasted from 1917 to 1921 and resulted in the establishment and development of a Ukrainian republic.

    Lenin and Stalin crushed the first independent government of Ukraine. Just weeks after Ukraine declared independence, the Red Army seized Kyiv.

    Ukrainian politicians turned to Germany for help, but assistance came with significant strings attached.

    Within months, the revolutionary Ukrainian leadership had been replaced by a Hetman of Berlin’s choosing.

    Ukrainians were split into two separate and opposing armies. 3.5 million fought with the Imperial Russian Army, while 250,000 fought for the Austro-Hungarian Army. Many Ukrainians thus ended up fighting each other.

    After World War 1, Germany lost it’s added lands, and most of Ukraine was absorbed into the Soviet Union as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of 1922–1991.

    After World 2 the United States noticed the location of Ukraine between Russia and Europe and our Intelligence Agencies directed much meddling there as they did in all of Asia, Africa, South America, and everywhere else in the world, and continue to do today. Sometimes with the help of England, the EU, the United Nations, and NATO.

    Do a little research online about the CIA’s Meddling in Ukraine. Or the CIA’s meddling in Asia, Africa, South America, and everywhere else in the world.

    Pick a specific location, like Syria, Congo, Angola, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Afghanistan, Ecuador, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Laos, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay,

    And Vietnam where we moved in in 1946 to help France keep Vietnam and the other nations of Indochina from getting their independence from the Bloody French after hundreds of years of concentration camps, slavery, genocide, stealing of natural resources and national treasures since the 1600’s.

    Like the English and Europeans had colonialized most of the nations of the world, eventually most of them gained their independence despite the meddling of nations like the United States.

    The Vietnam War was just a part of our Meddling in Indochina.

    The CIA works through lies and it’s meddling and wars to keep the world unstable. If the nations of the world are stable, the CIA and NATO do not get as much money, land, resources, and power.

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