U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken just said that the administration of President Joe Biden would "support efforts" by China and others to find an acceptable end to the Russia-Ukraine war.
Blinken made the comment during a speech that he gave on Friday in Helsinki, Finland.
According to the U.S. Department of State, Blinken's speech was meant to:
. . . highlight all the ways in which Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has been a strategic failure, and [the United States'] continued efforts to support Ukraine’s defense of its territory, sovereignty, and democracy in pursuit of a just and durable peace.
Blinken, though, had a few other things to say.
At one point during his speech, Blinken turned his attention to the efforts that the Biden administration has apparently been making to end the Russia-Ukraine War.
"The United States has been working with Ukraine – and allies and partners around the world – to build consensus around the core elements of a just and lasting peace," Blinken said.
It is at this point that Blinken said that the Biden administration would "support efforts" to end the war by China and others.
"To be clear, the United States welcomes any initiative that helps bring [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin to the table to engage in meaningful diplomacy," Blinken said.
He added, "We’ll support efforts – whether by Brazil, by China, or any other nation – if they help find a way to a just and lasting peace, consistent with the principles of the United Nations Charter."
In addition to this invitation to China, Blinken also attempted to allay any concerns that Putin may have that the West wants to remove him from power.
Blinken, during the speech, said:
President Putin constantly claims that the United States, Europe, and countries that support Ukraine are bent on defeating or destroying Russia, on toppling its government, on holding back its people. That is false. We do not seek the overthrow of the Russian Government and we never have. Russia’s future is for Russians to decide.
That's a big change from what Biden said about 14 months ago. During a speech that he gave in Warsaw, Poland, Biden, referring to Putin, said, "For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power."
The White House subsequently tried to walk back Biden's remark, and, now, Blinken is making it clear that Putin is safe.
It is hard to imagine an administration doing worse than the Biden administration has done on foreign policy.