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Don’t trust Putin’s promises – POLITICO


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KIEV — Republican U.S. presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has joined former President Donald Trump in believing there are good faith deals to be made with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It is a position that was also adopted last December by French President Emmanuel Macron, who raised the prospect of negotiating security guarantees for Russia with Putin as part of a new security architecture for Europe. .

You are trying to tell Eugene Prigojine that the Kremlin keeps its word in agreements. Two months ago, after Prigozhin’s failed coup, Russian security services said they would not press charges and Prigozhin was tricked into believing he had received security guarantees . Putin’s real verdict came as an explosion in a private jet at 28,000 feet.

Any Ukrainian can tell you that Russia’s assurances that it will not invade are zero. Moscow was supposed to respect Ukrainian sovereignty and grant Kiev security guarantees under the terms of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, under which Ukraine handed over its nuclear arsenal, but Putin showed no interest in respecting this international agreement .

Prigozhin certainly did Ukraine no good by sending his doomed recruits into “meat wave” type attacks in the Battle of Bakhmut. His assassination, however, could serve as a lesson in caution and caution for politicians around the world, who casually believe that Putin can be trusted and made deals with him.

“No one can come to an agreement with a serial liar like Putin and expect him to be respected. The United Nations Charter, the Russian-Ukrainian Treaty of Friendship, the Minsk Accords, the Black Sea Grain Initiative: how many more treaties will Putin have to break before everyone realizes that talking to him is useless? Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told POLITICO.

Ramaswamy recently explained to CNN that he would freeze the current Lines of Control and pledge that NATO will not admit Ukraine. He added that the United States might even push Ukraine to make concessions, because it “pays the bills”. In return, he would simply ask Putin to withdraw from the military alliance with China.

And he would trust Putin on all of this?

“Whether he is dealing with his own war criminal commander or an outside power, the Russian president will use any means necessary to achieve his goals. Only a solid Russian military defeat in Ukraine can bring a just and lasting peace,” Kuleba argued. “Those who claim that Ukraine should agree to a quick ceasefire, a concession of territory or a freeze of the conflict are not seeking to end the war. They invite Ukraine to die. This is the path to a larger war after Putin has had a break.”

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Another example is the Black Sea Grains Agreement – ​​an initiative to export Ukraine’s huge wheat resources, especially to poorer countries.

It was signed in July 2022, with the mediation of the UN and Turkey.

For a year, Ukraine won the opportunity to transport its grain to the world and stabilize food prices, but Russia continued to claim that the grain deal should include more benefits for the Kremlin and constantly complained about the ineffectiveness of the initiative, until she stepped down in July. 2023.

Yevgeny Prigozhin shows Vladimir Putin his school lunch factory outside St Petersburg in 2010 | Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

Since then, the Kremlin has bombed Ukrainian ports and grain terminals, destroying food destined for emerging countries.

“It clearly demonstrates that negotiating anything with Putin is like asking a serial rapist to promise he won’t do it again. It doesn’t work, and Prigozhin is proof of that,” Ukrainian political scientist Mykola Davydiuk told POLITICO.

In public, Putin says he is ready to engage in peace negotiations and that it is the United States, NATO and Ukraine that are pushing to continue the war. However, his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on August 2 that these negotiations should take place on Russian terms. On August 6, he claimed that there was no reason to make peace and that Russia wanted to keep the five Ukrainian regions it illegally annexed, even if it did not fully control four of them.

“For me, the attempt to annex part of Ukrainian territories was a further confirmation of the Kremlin’s complete inability to assess the political and military situation,” Ukraine’s State Secretary for Security and Security told POLITICO. in Defense, Oleksii Danilov.

Ukrainian officials warned the Kremlin that the decision to annex Ukrainian regions in 2022 would destroy the possibility of ending the war at the negotiating table. But the Kremlin did it anyway.

Don't trust Putin's promises – POLITICO
The site of a plane crash near the village of Kuzhenkino | Olga Maltseva/AFP via Getty Images

“Negotiations and concessions with Putin will be a geostrategic fiasco for the West and will set off the countdown to the start of the antidemocratic counter-revolution and the advance of autocracies on the entire front, from Latin America to China,” Danilov said.



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