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Farage on war in Ukraine: 'I have a feeling this goes on for years'

Farage says 'there needs to be negotiated peace' to bring the Russian invasion of Ukraine to a close.

Published: March 3, 2023 9:46pm

Updated: March 4, 2023 10:18am

Former Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage told Just the News that he thinks the war in Ukraine will go on "for years" and that Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky's idea of retaking Crimea won't happen.

Former President Trump has argued that President Biden is leading the U.S. to the "brink of World War III." Others have raised similar concerns about the potential for the war in Ukraine to escalate into global conflagration. Farage was asked if he shares those concerns.

"Ironically, European, British sanctions have forced China and Russia closer together," he said in an interview Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Putin and his henchmen have dared to use the 'nuclear' term, which the Soviets never did. I know we had the Cuban Missile Crisis, but the Soviets never used that language.

"Look, we need to have a negotiated peace. There needs to be negotiated peace. I think, if we're being honest about it, Zelensky's idea of retaking Crimea isn't going to happen. There are complications about the Donbas, but there needs to be a negotiated peace."

Farage, however, sees little hope for a diplomatic breakthrough anytime soon. On the contrary, he foresees prolonged stalemate.

"I have a feeling this goes on for years," he said. "Steve Bannon says no, American funding will stop, Russia will keep going, Ukraine in the end will give in. I just don't see that. I think Europeans will keep giving money towards Ukraine. I feel this goes on for years." 

Farage also said the Biden administration's botched withdrawal from Afghanistan set the stage for Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"It led," he said, "to Putin saying, 'Ah, they're weak, they've given up.' That war wouldn't have even happened if Trump had still been there. I honestly believe Trump's biggest achievement was his foreign policy, that America suddenly was a peacemaker, not a warmonger. We saw that with the Abraham Accords and much else. So, America's role on the world stage has diminished under Biden."

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