Dispute with Russia must end within two months or else it will spiral out of control, real politics veteran warns
There is a small window of opportunity for an end to Ukraine’s armed conflict and a peaceful settlement, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told a gathering of Western elites in Davos, Switzerland. Beyond that, Russia could secede from Europe for good and be a permanent ally of China, he said during a speech at the World Economic Forum on Monday.
“Peace talks need to start in the next two months. [before the war] It creates ups and downs and tensions that are not easy to overcome. “ 98-year-old diplomat about the crisis. The results will similarly determine Europe’s relations with Russia and Ukraine, he said. “Ideally, the dividing line should return to normal.” He said.
“I believe that continuing the war beyond this point will not turn it into a war of independence for Ukraine, which was conducted with great solidarity by NATO, but a war against Russia.” He added.
Kissinger is a prominent practitioner of the real political system of international relations – putting the practical interests of the nation before their ideological position. He recalls that eight years ago, when the crisis in Ukraine began with an armed coup in Kiev, he spoke in favor of making Ukraine a neutral state. “A bridge between Russia and Europe, not a frontline of grouping in Europe.”
Kyiv instead pursues NATO membership as a strategic goal, paving the way for the current hostility. The opportunity he preached then is gone, Kissinger said, but “It can still be imagined as an ultimate goal.”
European countries should keep the bigger picture in mind and keep it in mind “Russia has been an integral part of Europe for 400 years” Diplomat said. He warned that the continent must be vigilant “So that Russia does not run into a permanent alliance with China.”
Kissinger addressed the growing conflict between China and the United States, saying the two countries now see each other as the only effective strategic rivals on the world stage. He said the arms race between the two countries was a particularly worrying situation for the whole world.
“A collision with modern technology that is conducted in the absence of any previous discussion of arms control, so that there is no established standard of limitation, would be a disaster for mankind.” He said.
The rally in Davos this week was the latest international forum to invite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to sue his country. In his speech, he spoke of more weapons for Kiev and more sanctions against Russia. He claims that Moscow is not interested in peace talks.
Russia has repeatedly said that Ukraine has suspended peace talks since some progress was made in Istanbul in late March.
“There was no attempt to suspend our talks.” Reiterating this position on Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko told reporters. “We are ready to return to the talks as soon as Ukraine demonstrates a narrow position and responds minimally to the suggestions we have made to it.”
Russia invaded its neighboring country in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the first Minsk agreement, signed in 2014, and the final recognition of the Donetsk republics of Moscow and Donetsk of Lugansk. The German- and French-brokerage protocols were designed to give special status to isolated territories within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral state that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv has insisted that the Russian invasion was completely unpleasant and has denied claims that they are planning to forcibly retake the two republics.