Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine would be a “logical choice” to end the conflict, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Tuesday.
In an interview with Fox News, Milley was asked about likely outcomes of the fighting between Moscow and Kiev.
“Now you’ve got a very significant operational fight going on in the Donbass between the Ukrainian and the Russian militaries. How that shapes up in the next few weeks will probably in large part shape the outcomes of what will happen,” he said.
According to the general, the conflict “could end up as a grind and go on and on; [it could end up in] a stalemate; it could end up with one side or the other having a decisive victory; it could end up in a peace negotiation.”
Milley later insisted that “a negotiated outcome is a logical choice, but both sides have to come to that conclusion on their own.”
“There’s always a possibility of escalation. And we have to closely manage the escalation… and prevent this thing from expanding into something much more horrific than it already is,” he warned.