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( – Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) urged Russia and Ukraine to reach a ceasefire during his recent visit to Japan, which is part of his multi-stop international tour.

In his Tokyo interview with outlet Nikkei Asia, he argued that they did not want the situation to end up being like the Battle of Verdun, “where you just have mass casualties, mass expense and end up with a stalemate.” The battle DeSantis referred to occurred during World War I.  He proceeded that a ceasefire would be in everyone’s best interest and continued by pointing out that Russia’s war on Ukraine has now been ongoing for over a year, and Ukraine is preparing for a possible spring counteroffensive.

During his visit to Tokyo, Japan, DeSantis spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. He is also planning on visiting South Korea, Israel, and the United Kingdom in an effort to promote the economic relationship between his state and “each country.”

On Monday, DeSantis avoided a question during his visit to Japan, concerning the 2024 presidential election. DeSantis has not yet announced what his intentions for the following presidential election are and whether or not he intends to join the race. However, this international trip has led to even further speculations that DeSantis was increasing his international presence ahead of placing a bid for the White House.

During his interview in Nikkei Asia, DeSantis also called for European countries to take more action to assist in the war in Ukraine. He proceeded to argue that while Poland had assisted a bit, Germany had not assisted at all.

Germany has committed €1.20 billion, or $1.16 billion, in military aid to Ukraine. The U.S. on the other hand has provided $75 billion in humanitarian, financial, and military support.

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