On Ukraine’s 24 TV channel recently, Andrei Illarionov, a former adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, made comments on the West’s response to the internal conflict in Ukraine.
|Western countries have openly supported Putin’s initiative for peace in the Donbass.|
Accordingly, Mr. Illarionov said that Western countries have sided with Russia in the Donbass situation when up to now, almost all key countries have expressed their support for the Minsk peace agreement.
Mr. Illarionov, currently living in the US, noted the statement of US President Joe Biden recently during a press conference after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16 that the two had agreed on “the basis of the settlement in Southeast Ukraine must be consistent with the Minsk Agreements”.
The US president supports the Minsk peace agreement as the only agreement that can end the conflict in southeastern Ukraine.
“We agree to pursue diplomacy regarding the Minsk agreements,” Biden said.
Mr. Putin’s former adviser noted the statement of Victoria Nuland, the number 3 senior diplomat at the US State Department who gave an explanation of Mr. Biden’s statement. Ms. Nuland, who was present at the conference, explained that the implementation of these agreements also means giving autonomy to the People’s Republics of Lugansk and Donetsk.
Obviously this is what the Russians have always claimed and supported, and urged Ukraine to do more to fulfill the terms that have been put forward, just to settle the peace within their own country.
With Nuland’s statement, Mr. Illarionov noted that the Russian President’s formula is not only supported – frankly, accepted in the United States but also voiced by senior Washington officials.
Before the US, two European countries, France and Germany, were the parties that acted as part of the Minsk peace agreement, meaning their absolute support for this legal protocol, which was the basis for Ukraine settles peacefully with separatist forces.
Andrei Illarionov also noticed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel adhered to a similar position. In July 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation negatively evaluated statements by Ukrainian officials that it was necessary to amend the Minsk agreement.
The statement after the call, announced by the Kremlin, read: “The two sides emphasized that the policy direction of Ukraine to fulfill its obligations under this agreement in a selective manner is leading the negotiation process to dead end.”
Thus, only Ukraine is disagreeing with the need to implement everything that was written in the Minsk agreements.
And although Kiev signed the document, seven years after it was ratified, Ukraine declared that it could not fulfill its terms, in essence Kiev did not want to implement them.
Maintaining an internal conflict is giving Ukraine reason to convince NATO that a strong military alliance can use Russia’s “aggression” in Crimea and Donbass as a springboard to move forward. Red Square.