Ukrainian diplomat on talks with Russia: "Politically, I cannot imagine such a situation"
Volodymyr Ohryzko, former Ukrainian foreign minister and diplomat, doubts the possibility of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, citing fundamentally opposing positions that leave little room for agreement
Ohryzko shared his perspective during an interview with Espreso.
"I can't envision such a scenario politically. What would it entail? Are we presenting an ultimatum, demanding Russia's withdrawal from Ukrainian territory, compensation, the prosecution of war criminals, including Putin, before engaging in talks? Or is Putin insisting on Ukraine's complete demilitarization, a neutral status, changes in language policies, pro-Russian representation in parliament, and influence of the Russian Orthodox Church? It raises the question: what grounds are there for negotiation, and is there any indication of potential agreement?" Ohryzko commented.
He emphasized that the starkly contrasting and mutually exclusive stances of both parties make the prospect of negotiations seem highly unlikely.
"It's evident that Moscow deploys its agents of influence, utilizing orchestrated special operations. The simultaneous appearance of articles on negotiations in leading American and European publications is not a coincidence. Putin strategically selects a topic, launching it into the media. He exploits the democratic values of the West, allowing paid materials to shape a certain narrative around the war. While we acknowledge democracy's importance, it's crucial to recognize the intensity of ideological warfare, quite skillfully wielded by Putin," noted Volodymyr Ogryzko.
- Recently, The New York Times reported on December 23 that Putin is open to negotiations but unwilling to relinquish seized Ukrainian territories.
- Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto, also emphasized the need for a political solution alongside military support to end the war.