Kissinger added to Ukraine’s ‘enemies list’ on its 99th birthday — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Ex-statesman has been declared Russia’s ‘accomplice in crimes’ for urging a quick peace deal

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger turned 99 on Friday and pro-kyiv activists marked the occasion by adding his name to his website Mirotvorets (“Peacemaker”). Labeled “an accomplice in the crimes of the Russian authorities”, Kissinger was blacklisted after calling for a brokered peace between Kyiv and Moscow and a return to the pre-February status quo.

Created in 2014, the Mirotvorets website – whose homepage features a grizzly mosaic of dead Russian soldiers – is a publicly searchable database of what it calls “pro-Russian terrorists, separatists, mercenaries, war criminals and murderers”. These range from members of the Russian military to Western politicians like Hungary’s Viktor Orban, who has opposed the sanctioning of Russian oil and gas.

Kissinger is accused by Mirotvorets of “to spread tales of Russian-fascist propaganda and blackmail… in exchange for the truncation of Ukrainian territory.” These accusations make him “an accomplice in the crimes of the Russian authorities against Ukraine and its citizens”, his entry continues.

Earlier this week, Kissinger told attendees of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that a peace deal must be reached between Kyiv and Moscow in the coming months lest the conflict in Ukraine escalate into a world war between NATO and Russia. To do this, Kissinger said Ukraine must at least accept a return to “status quo ante,” or renounce its territorial claims to Crimea and grant autonomy to the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Kissinger is a prominent advocate of the realpolitik school of international relations, which places the practical interests of nations ahead of their ideological positions. As President Nixon’s secretary of state, he spearheaded US diplomatic relations with China in the 1970s, which were aimed at preventing Beijing from allying with Soviet Russia.

In his Davos speech, Kissinger recalled that eight years ago, when the Ukrainian crisis was sparked by an armed coup in kyiv, he advocated for Ukraine to become a neutral state and a “a bridge between Russia and Europe rather than a front line of groupings within Europe.”

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While U.S. and NATO leaders have since rejected that advice and sent unprecedented numbers of troops and weapons to Eastern Europe since the Russian military operation began in February, Kissinger urged leaders Westerners to remember that “Russia has been an essential part of Europe for 400 years”, and should not be “drawn into a permanent alliance with China” – a stance that somewhat mirrors his 1970s stance on China.

Kissinger’s call for negotiations and concessions was rejected by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who said in his own Davos speech on Wednesday that “Ukraine will fight until it regains all its territories.” However, Zelensky also told world leaders this week that “we can try to follow the diplomatic route” with Russia, “unless it’s too late”.

“Ukrainian leaders constantly make statements that contradict each other, making it impossible to fully understand their intentions and whether they are ready to take a sober approach and acknowledge the real situation,” he added. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded on Friday.

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