Former United States Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger said Monday that Russia should recognize territory to help end Ukraine’s aggression, suggesting a position that would enter the fourth month of the war against a huge majority of Ukrainians.
Kissinger pressured the West to force Ukraine to accept negotiations “before the status quo”, meaning the former states, after the West said Russia’s importance to Europe should be kept in mind and not “float in the mood of the moment”. Matters
“It simply came to our notice then. Ideally, the dividing line should return to normal, “said Kissinger, 98, according to the Daily Telegraph. “Continuing the war beyond this point is not about Ukraine’s independence, but about a new war against Russia.”
President Richard M. Nixon and Gerald Ford’s Secretary of State Kissinger described the restoration of a situation “before the status quo” where Russia formally controlled Crimea and informally controlled two eastern Ukraine, Luhansk and Donetsk. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that part of his condition for entering into peace talks with Russia would include the restoration of the border before the aggression.
Kissinger’s comments come as world leaders say Russia’s war in Ukraine has “put the whole international system in question.” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told world leaders in Davos that the war was not just a matter of “Ukraine’s survival” or a “European security problem” but a “task for all global communities”. He lamented the “destructive rage” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but said that Russia could one day regain its place in Europe if it regained “respect for democracy, the rule of law and international law … because Russia is our neighbor.” “
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Most of Ukraine agrees with Zelensky not to give up land in exchange for peace. A survey conducted this month by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology found that 82 percent of Ukrainians are unwilling to give up any land in Ukraine, even if it means the war could drag on. According to a survey conducted between May 13 and last Wednesday, only 10 percent believed it was worth leaving the land to end the attack, while 8 percent were undecided.
The sample does not include residents of regions that were not controlled by Ukrainian authorities before February 24 – such as Crimea, Sevastopol and some districts in Donetsk and Luhansk. Those who went abroad after February 24 were also not included in the survey.
Kissinger’s comments follow a recent editorial in the New York Times editorial board that argued that Ukraine needed to make “painful regional decisions” to achieve peace.
“Ultimately, the Ukrainians will have to make a difficult decision: they are fighting for Russian aggression, dying and losing their homes, and they will have to decide how the war will end.” The editorial board of the Times wrote on Thursday. “If the conflict leads to real negotiations, it will be up to the Ukrainian leaders who will have to make painful regional decisions that will demand any compromise.”
The editorial received mixed reactions, including from Mikhailo Podoliak, Zelensky’s adviser. Says That “any concessions to Russia is not a path to peace, but a war that has been stalled for years.”
In his remarks on Monday, Kissinger, a longtime proponent of a real political vision that puts nations ahead of their real goals, ethics and policy, urged European leaders not to lose Russia’s position in Europe and not to risk forming a permanent alliance with China. .
“I hope that the Ukrainians will show the heroism they have shown with wisdom,” he said, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Critics have described Kissinger’s remarks.An unfortunate interventionInna Sovsun, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, condemned Kissinger’s position as “really shameful.”
“It is a pity that the former US Secretary of State believes that giving up part of the sovereign territory is the way to peace for any country!” Sovasun Tweet.
Podoliak returns to his break that Ukraine cannot recognize territory, even if it leads to peace, Saying The country “does not trade anyone’s sovereignty to fill their wallets.” She Tweet An old photo of Kissinger shaking hands with Putin on Tuesday, in which Podoliak says he is grateful that warring Ukrainians did not listen to diplomats.
“It simply came to our notice then [Russia] Part special [Ukraine] To end the war, he would allow Poland or Lithuania to be taken, “Podoliak said.” It is good that the Ukrainians in the trenches do not have time to listen to the ‘Davos Panickers’. They are a little too busy defending independence and democracy. “
As easily as Mr. #Kissinger He would allow Poland or Lithuania to be annexed if he offered to take part in ending the war. It’s good that Ukrainians in the trenches don’t have time to listen to “Davos Panicers”. They are somewhat busy defending freedom and democracy. pic.twitter.com/2zraPDummx
– Mikhail Podoliak (@podoliak_m) May 24, 2022
Adela Suleiman contributed to this report.