Former US President Donald Trump has called for an immediate “peaceful end” to the seven-month war in Ukraine, warning that the conflict could escalate into another world war.
“We must demand the immediate negotiation of a peaceful end to the war in Ukraine, or we will end up in World War III and there will be nothing left of our planet," Trump said, speaking at a "Save America" rally in Nevada on Saturday.
He made the remarks days after Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky ruled out negotiating with Russia.
The former president, who sent signals that he plans to run again for president in 2024, also criticized the “stupid people” in the administration of his Democratic successor, Joe Biden.
He had claimed on several occasions that the Ukraine war would not have happened had he been re-elected in 2020.
In a recent interview on Real America’s Voice, Trump criticized the Biden administration for the dangerous “rhetoric” in the months leading up to the Ukraine conflict.
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military operation in Ukraine on Feb. 24, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the 2014 Minsk agreements and Moscow’s recognition of the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Trump said Washington “actually taunted him [Putin] if you really look at it.”
“Our country, and our so-called leadership, taunted Putin. I said, you know, they’re almost forcing him to go in with what they’re saying. The rhetoric was so dumb,” he added.
Trump had once said Putin took advantage of Biden's being "weak" to attack Ukraine.
Trump also accused Ukraine's allies of “nuclear blackmail” by making statements about “the possibility and admissibility” of using weapons of mass destruction against Russia.
Biden on Friday accused Russia of planning to use nukes against Ukraine, saying the US has “not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis.”
Biden said that Putin “is not joking when he talks about the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons, because his military is, you might say, significantly under-performing."
CIA chief William Burns, however, said on Sunday that there is “no practical evidence” that Russia is planning to conduct nuclear strikes.
Putin said earlier that he will “protect our land using all our forces and means at our disposal, and will do everything to ensure people’s security.