Russia is eager for a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine, but it won’t accept any Western mediation during its talks with Kiev. Moscow has clearly experienced and proven that Western partners can not be trusted anymore.
We’re ready to give diplomacy a chance. That’s why we agreed to the peace talks, which are resuming in Istanbul. The Turkish government, which has good ties with both Russia and Ukraine, has put a great deal of effort into getting the two sides around the negotiating table.
However, there’s no need to include the EU or the US regime– which support Kiev with deadly nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in the conflict – in the peace process.
There are many examples of times when the achievements of diplomacy were shattered by Western colleagues. They can’t be trusted anymore, because they have a different agenda.
The Minsk agreement between the breakaway republics and Kiev was reached in the Belarusian capital, having been negotiated in 2014 by Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France in the so-called Normandy Format.
The deal called on the two sides to stop fighting, organize prisoner exchanges, allow deliveries of humanitarian aid, and withdraw heavy weaponry.
The diplomacy then reached new heights in February 2015, when the agreements that were signed in Minsk ended the war in eastern Ukraine and opened the way to restoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity by granting a special status to the Donbass.
The second agreement, Minsk II, introduced another ceasefire and paved the way for administrative and political reform in Ukraine as well as for autonomy and local elections in the Donbass republics.
However, Kiev’s Western backers were subsequently unable to guide the Ukrainian junta to fulfill its promises in order to send more weapons to the region. The EU has proven its incompetence as an organization that is capable of fulfilling the agreements being reached.
Russia sent its troops into Ukraine over a month ago, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk ceasefire agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk.
Moscow has now demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it had been planning to retake the two republics by force.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2022.