The administration’s main focus is helping Ukraine advance where the fight is, mainly in the east.
Blinken, according to two of the people, gave the impression that the U.S. doesn’t consider a push to retake Crimea to be a wise move at this time.
The secretary remarked that it is solely the Ukrainians’ decision as to what they try to take by force, not America’s.
That signaled to them that Blinken was more open to a potential Ukrainian play for Crimea.
Some experts don’t believe Ukraine will try to retake Crimea, but instead will attempt to isolate it.
They should knock out all three,” said Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy for Ukraine, who wasn’t on the call.
Officials say the comment didn’t reflect administration policy, reiterating that America’s support will proceed for “as long as it takes. »