The President criticized the proposal of former US Secretary of State Kissinger.
President Vladimir Zelensky criticized the proposals of some Western politicians that Ukraine should make concessions to Russia, including by giving up part of its territory.
In the traditional evening video message, the head of state responded, in particular, to the words of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Earlier, he said that Ukraine should negotiate with the Russian Federation, even if it is required to make concessions.
Zelensky was outraged that there were proposals in the world to take into account the interests of the aggressor country.
“Despite the thousands of Russian missiles that hit Ukraine. Despite the tens of thousands of Ukrainians killed. Despite Bucha and Mariupol. Despite the destroyed cities. And despite the “filtration camps” built by the Russian state, in which they kill, torture, rape and humiliate like on a conveyor belt. Russia did all this in Europe. But anyway, in Davos, for example, Mr. Kissinger emerges from the deep past and says that supposedly it is necessary to give Russia a piece of Ukraine. So that allegedly there would be no alienation of Russia from Europe. It seems that Mr. Kissinger does not have 2022, but 1938. And he thought that he was speaking to the audience not in Davos, but in what was then Munich,” he said.
The head of state recalled that in 1938 the family of then 15-year-old Kissinger was fleeing Nazi Germany.
“He understood everything perfectly, and then they didn’t hear from him that it was necessary to supposedly adapt to the Nazis instead of fleeing from them or fighting them,” Zelensky added.
Recall that on May 25, Kissinger, during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, said that Ukraine should negotiate with Russiaeven if concessions are required from her. According to him, negotiations between the Russian Federation and Ukraine should begin in the next two months before they lead to consequences that will not be easy to overcome.
After that, Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, called Kissinger “a Davos alarmist.”
As you know, Kissinger was US Secretary of State from 1973-1977 under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
Earlier, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that the world cannot return to the usual conduct of business with the Russian Federation after her crimes in Ukraine.