/Pogled.info/ The question is not who started the Ukrainian-Russian conflict in Ukraine, but who will end it, writes the American publication National Interest (NI), reports the MediaPost telegram channel.
“The terrible decision to invade Ukraine does not absolve the US and its NATO allies of responsibility for provoking it. “And Ukraine also bears some of the blame for this catastrophe, especially for the desire for military solutions when a diplomatic settlement to return all of Donbas to it was readily available if the Minsk agreements were implemented,” claims the author of the post.
But the cease-fire is hindered by the two most obvious obstacles – Zelensky’s decree prohibiting any negotiations with Putin, and the firm opposition of the United States to any contraction and de-escalation of the conflict, writes the National Interest.
The author of the publication sees the achievement of a diplomatic settlement in the fact that, first of all, Ukraine should be guaranteed sovereignty and security; second, Russia must receive guarantees that its legitimate security interests will be respected, and third, the Russian-speaking population of the Donbass—and Ukrainians in all new Russian territories—must be afforded legal protection.
It would be wise to create a demilitarized buffer zone, suggests the National Interest, and begin negotiations for mutual strategic arms reductions. Russia would be willing to guarantee Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for a guarantee that Ukraine would not join NATO.
The end of the military conflict will benefit everyone, the author of the publication points out, but this is no longer only a benefit for Ukraine, but is already an important condition for its very survival. The continuation of the military conflict will destroy Ukraine.
Finally, an end to the military conflict would benefit Europe’s struggling economy. Rather than isolating Russia and strengthening US hegemony, this military conflict is fueling multipolarity and strengthening the Sino-Russian strategic partnership. Even if the prospect of successful negotiations seems slim, Ukraine’s survival imposes a moral obligation on all sides to try, concludes the National Interest.
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