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OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BIDEN

TIME TO CALL FOR A CEASEFIRE IN UKRAINE

HERE IS A VIABLE PLAN TO END THE WAR

At Earth Future Action, we absolutely condemn the actions of Russia. It is critical now to take action to stop this crisis and to support the Ukrainian people. This is a personal issue for us since we have a number of Ukrainian friends.

The people of Ukraine are being slaughtered by Russian troops as we talk.

This war could threaten a nuclear confrontation between America and Russia and is certain to do very serious harm to the US economy and the world economy.

Experts at the U.N. are stating the Ukraine crisis could also cause a global food shortage. There's a very realistic danger of millions dying in a global famine. Ukraine and Russia supply about 30% of the world's wheat and barley, one-fifth of the world's maize, and over half of its sunflower oil according to a UN report. The whole war could throw up to 1.7 billion people into "poverty, destitution and hunger" on a scale not seen in decades according to the UN. At least 107 economies are severely exposed to at least one of these dimensions.

What is also troubling is that Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov have not spoken since February 15, 2022, over a week before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

Now on the matter of sanctions, we are not opposed to all sanctions. Sometimes sanctions are needed. But economists have said the current sanctions are causing serious harm to the global economy. We are sure that you are well aware of the spiking gas prices. This is a situation that is becoming untenable.

We call on you to hold a summit with the leaders of Russia and Ukraine, and work for a viable plan for peace, for a plan to end the crisis that began in 2014.

Since NATO has now refused to fight for Ukraine, we see little point in continuing to talk about NATO membership for Ukraine.

While the actions of Russia are evil and abhorrent, Putin's Press Secretary has publicly stated on March 7th that Russia is willing to agree to a ceasefire under certain circumstances. Obviously the West does not want to give into all the demands of Putin, but it is very important now to create an off-ramp for Russia to exit Ukraine. This is vital to saving Ukrainian lives.

This should be a Cuban Missile Crisis moment.  NATO and Russia need to pull back from the brink and work to create a stable security system for Europe.


Here is a solution to end the war.  It involves unhappy choices for all.

An immediate ceasefire takes place. Negotiations need to happen.

The U.S. rejoins the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Ukraine does not join NATO.

The Crimean people's decision to join Russia is accepted.

Eastern Ukrainian provinces hold a plebiscite for their future.

All Russian troops withdraw.

The West's economic war against Russia since 2014 is reduced or ended.


Our planet needs to come together to deal with climate change and other threats to our survival (such as the pandemic).

Our plan is not perfect.  Better plans may exist. But it's time for action to help the people of Ukraine. Many have already died. They cannot wait.


ALSO NOTE:  If the war cannot be ended soon we call for a limited No Fly Zone in western Ukraine.  The people of Ukraine need protection.


SUPPORT PEACE IN UKRAINE

We Call For Democracy in Ukraine (Earth Future Action Report)

Coalition Urges Biden to 'Maximize' Efforts to Achieve Diplomatic End to Ukraine War (Common Dreams, 3-29-22) Read Letter Here (PDF)


FACTS ABOUT THE CONFLICT IN UKRAINE

See Our Fact Sheet on the Crisis

UN Report on the Effect of Ukraine War on Global Food Supply (UN, 2022)


TREATIES

Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty


RUSSIAN PEACE PROPOSALS

We do not support the Russian Proposals. However, we are supplying a link to what Russia said in the interest of providing documentary material to educate our readers.

We put their material on our site since the Russian sites have usually not been reachable

Russian December 17, 2021 Peace Proposals

Russia March 7, 2022 Peace Prposals