A letter that was originally meant to be sent to the White House has reportedly been retracted by left-wing Democrats, a month before the United States mid-term elections.

The letter was made seeking negotiated settlements to the war in Ukraine, BBC.com reported.

According to Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal, the letter was drafted months ago and it was released by an unnamed staff without being vetted. As a result, the said letter sparked intra-party backlash.

“The Congressional Progressive Caucus hereby withdraws its recent letter to the White House regarding Ukraine," Jayapal said in a statement via Reuters. "The letter was drafted several months ago, but unfortunately was released by staff without vetting."

The same letter was made public on Monday, Oct. 24, by the White House. It was reportedly signed by US President Joe Biden’s fellow Democrats last June in the House of Representatives.

It was also added that calls for the US to directly negotiate democracy with Russia were seen as something that would be undermining the Biden administration which has repeatedly stated that Moscow is not interested in democracy.

Further, the White House added that democracy is only possible if all parties involved are prepared to negotiate. Unfortunately, this is not the case at the moment.

Massachusetts Democratic congressman Jake Auchincloss criticized the letter, calling it an olive branch to a war criminal who’s losing his war, apparently referring to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

As far as democracy, Progressive Caucus member, Ruben Gallego, adds that Russia does not acknowledge democracy and only strength.

"If we want Ukraine to continue as a free and democratic country that it is, we must support their fight," Gallego stated.

However, Jayapal batted that she still supported the move to end the Russia-Ukraine conflict with diplomacy. She believes the release of the letter had been conflated with Republican opposition.

She also accused Republicans of planning to withdraw financial and military support for Ukraine if they win a majority of congress next month.

Republican congressman Kevin McCarthy warned that if his party would win in November, there would be no blank cheque for Ukraine.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and fellow members of the House Progressive Caucus hold a news conference ahead of the vote on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 outside the U.S. Capitol Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla

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