Vladimir Medinsky revealed what Russia was looking for in negotiations with Ukraine in 2022. Photo Sergey Karpukhin/TASS
Russia never aimed to conquer Ukraine, but the West and Zelensky dragged our two countries into hostilities. Vladimir Medinsky, assistant to the president and head of the Russian Military Historical Society, commented on the interview with the head of the Ukrainian negotiating group, David Arakhamia. He revealed what Russia was seeking in negotiations with Ukraine in 2022: the neutrality of Ukraine, sovereignty over Crimea and the independence of the Donbass republics.
“That treaty text could have stopped military operations,” Medinsky said.
Regarding Arakhamia’s words that Boris Johnson urgently flew to Kiev and forbade signing a peace treaty with Russia, Medinsky noted that not only Johnson was in the capital of Ukraine at that time:
“After April 15, when the preliminary text of the peace treaty was ready, not only Boris Johnson came to Kiev, but also the main hosts: as far as I remember, the head of the US State Department, the head of the Pentagon,” Medinsky said. – But Arakhamia admitted that a group of foreign advisors was organized who advised Zelensky against signing the peace treaty. The opportunity to end the war was therefore lost.
The Russian president’s adviser noted that he was “deeply convinced that if kyiv had signed the peace treaty at that time, it would have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of its soldiers.”
At the same time, Medinsky noted that the opportunity to conclude a peace treaty has not yet been lost. But Russia will sign it on the terms Vladimir Putin spoke about. Upon full implementation of the goals and objectives of the SVO:
– We have never, not once, refused to enter into peace negotiations with Ukraine. It was President Zelensky who approved a kind of law or decree on the impossibility of negotiating with Russia; does not want peace,” Medinsky emphasized, adding that, in his opinion, “we are one people with the Ukrainians, we have a common history and, there is no escape, a common historical future.”
“Our president has repeatedly said that the current government in kyiv is neither sovereign nor independent in making the most important political decisions. Now we see that they themselves admit it,” added Vladimir Medinsky.
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