New Europe Center: Putin’s peace talks ruse: why the West should listen to Ukraine

2022-11-09 | Expert publications

By Sergiy Solodkyy. Even though democratic governments worldwide support Ukraine’s position, which rejects the Kremlin’s ultimatums, politicians and private individuals continue to press Kyiv to begin negotiations with the aggressor.

Accepting Russia’s blackmail will signal to the Kremlin that it has won and can continue to impose new conditions as much as they want, threatening another offensive, the use of nuclear weapons, and so on. Hopes that these negotiations will end the suffering and deaths of Ukrainians are more than naive. Therefore, the New Europe Center puts forth several arguments demonstrating that talks with Putin at this point are tantamount to declaring defeat.

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