(Joshua Paladino, Headline USA) Former President Donald Trump this week offered to negotiate a peace treaty between Russia and Ukraine to avoid further escalation, an idea floated more than six months ago by Headline USA.
After the Nord Stream pipelines were sabotaged, Trump sent a message pleading with world leaders not to let the terrorist attack “lead to a major escalation” and cause full-scale “war” to spread, Just the News reported.
“Be strategic, be smart (brilliant!), get a negotiated deal done NOW,” Trump posted on Truth Social. “Both sides need and want it. The entire World is at stake. I will head up group???”
“U.S. ‘Leadership’ should remain ‘cool, calm, and dry’ on the SABOTAGE of the Nord Stream Pipelines,” Trump wrote. “The Russia/Ukraine catastrophe should NEVER have happened, and would definitely not have happened if I were President.”
Trump has held a moderate stance on the Russia-Ukraine conflict that both sides could agree upon. Ukraine must agree not to join NATO, not to post ballistic missile systems on the border, and to stop shelling Russian citizens in eastern Ukraine. In exchange, Russia must remove its troops from Ukraine, remove weapons systems from the border, and stop efforts to annex Russian-speaking areas in Ukraine.
The day before the attack on the German-Russian energy pipeline, Trump had warned that the conflict “could end up in World War III.”
Both the Biden administration, which has urged Ukraine to wage the war and to refuse peace negotiations, and Russian President Vladimir Putin have discussed the possibility for the conflict to become nuclear.
“I think we’re at the most dangerous time maybe in, in many, many years—maybe ever—because of the power of nuclear,” Trump said.
During his tenure, Trump threatened that he would attack Russia if Putin invaded Ukraine, and Putin made no serious foreign policy moves during those four years. Under both former President Barack Obama and President Joe Biden, Putin has conquered Ukrainian territory.
The war has already escalated. Ukraine launched a counter-offensive and recaptured much of the nation’s eastern half. In response, Russia called up 300,000 soldiers, turning the special military operation into a ground war with “partial” military mobilization.
Soon after, Russia held a referendrum on annexing four eastern Ukrainian terrorities. The referendum passed with more than 80% support in each region.