The U.S. media’s reporting on the Russian-Ukraine war fails to recognize the most rational solution to the crisis: negotiations. Throughout reports, Western media has misrepresented the extent of the global community that supports increased warfare in the region. One example of a mischaracterization conducted by western media occurred in reports of a meeting between the Indian President, Modi, and Putin. The west reported on a series of words where the president said, “war is not the answer,” illustrating Modi’s opposition to Putin’s position. However, in reality, once the transcript of the meeting is read, it becomes clear the meeting between the two leaders was one of support, where Modi repeatedly vocalized the positive relations between the countries and India’s approval of Russia’s policy in Ukraine.
These anti-war sentiments also extend throughout the West into Europe. In the most significant country of the EU, Germany, 75% of the population supports immediately moving towards negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. The population in Slovakia holds similar proportions of support. Macron, the president of France, who has been the most dedicated to seeking a peace agreement, has voiced concerns that the longer the war continues, the less likely an agreement will be made.
At this point in the Russia-Ukraine war, the U.S. and Britain remain alone in their dogmatic dedication to maintaining the war with the purpose of weakening Russia. Although there is little reporting about direct U.S. and British involvement, there have been signs beyond the western media’s misleading reporting which suggest this motive. In April, Ukraine and Russia came together for reportedly promising negotiations. However, the negotiations ceased after Boris Johnson and U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, arrived in Ukraine.
What is undeniable is that the longer this war carries on, the more devastation will occur. The collateral damage includes mass famines, a result of halting black sea exports, and a reversal of the already limited policies meant to mitigate our climate emergency. Instead of reducing fossil fuel usage, Exxon Mobil and Chevron have been searching for new sources of oil. While the U.S. prioritizes the weakening of Russia in the name of democracy, humanity’s window of opportunity to address utter climate disaster shrinks rapidly.