Ukraine has ruled out peace talks with Moscow under the current circumstances, comparing any negotiations to “civilizational disaster”. Resuming talks would do nothing to help kyiv’s goals, Mikhail Podoliak, an aide to President Vladimir Zelensky, told Ukrainian media Babel News on Friday.
“Today, Ukraine has no reason to hold the talks”, Podoliak said, adding that the “The possibility of winning this war is far greater than any situational pause.” Entering into the dialogue under the current circumstances would only “formalize” the defeat of Ukraine and that of Europe, as well as “European values” he added.
Talks with Russia today will only mean one thing: Russia has won… Are you ready for this?
The presidential aide warned that Ukraine’s defeat would also mark the “Collapse of the global security system and the system of democratic values”. Achieving a ceasefire now would not stop new conflicts, he said, adding that Russia could launch another attack on Ukraine at some point in the future.
Podoliak also compared the idea of starting peace talks with Moscow to conducting talks with Nazi Germany in 1942, when the Nazis occupied large swaths of Soviet territory, including all of Ukraine. “You can’t even imagine it. Any discussion at that time and with that [balance of power] would mean a civilizational catastrophe,” he said.
In early August, the Kremlin signaled that it was ready to strike a peace deal with Kyiv, while warning that it would achieve the goals of its military operation in Ukraine no matter how willing Kyiv was to give in.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at the time that the two nations were close to settling their differences in a way acceptable to Russia, but the draft agreement prepared at a meeting in Istanbul was torpedoed by Ukraine. kyiv broke off talks with Moscow after accusing Russia of committing war crimes, an allegation Russia said was based on fabricated evidence.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who visited Moscow in early August, also said a negotiated solution was possible and argued that the recent “first success” of the grain export agreement should be used to achieve a ceasefire.
Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Luhansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time and “to create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.
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