For some reason, we don’t think this will work out.
Ukraine is calling for peace talks with Russia. But first, Russia must face prosecution for war crimes at an international court.
Zerohedge reported yesterday:
In the last few weeks there’s been increasing public talk of achieving peace through direct negotiations coming out of both Ukrainian and Russian officials. But for now, each side is sticking to their respective strict demands, making the possibility of serious talks coming to fruition anytime soon highly unlikely. Yet it’s at least a positive that the word “negotiations” is even in the air at this point.
The latest back-and-forth began with a Monday statement by Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba, who called for a peace summit to be held by the end of Februarywith the mediation of UN Secretary-General António Guterres. However, his key sticking point, which proved to be a non-starter for Moscow, was that Russian officials first face a “war crimes court” for the invasion of Ukraine.
“Every war ends in a diplomatic way,” Kuleba said. “Every war ends as a result of the actions taken on the battlefield and at the negotiating table.” He added while talking about a UN venue, “This is really about bringing everyone on board.”
And as Politico reported of the top Ukrainian diplomat’s Monday remarks, “Asked about whether they would invite Russia to the summit, he said that Moscow would first need to face prosecution for war crimes at an international court.” Kuleba then stipulated, “They can only be invited to this step in this way.”
Kuleba then went on the attack, speaking of the Russians: “They regularly say that they are ready for negotiations, which is not true, because everything they do on the battlefield proves the opposite.”
In part, this was all a reaction to weekend comments by President Vladimir Putin saying he’s ready to negotiate “with everyone involved” in the Ukraine conflict.
The Kremlin’s official response to Kuleba’s latest comments came via head of the Russian State Duma Committee on international affairs Leonid Slutsky – who it should be noted would likely head any future Russian delegation in talks with Ukraine. Slutsky dismissed the Ukrainian calls for a war crimes tribunal as a “smoke screen.”
“Ukraine is still not ready to hold peace negotiations; all the statements made by [Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry] Kuleba are a smoke screen”.
Ukraine’s offer is not going to work. Russia certainly won’t agree to it. The Russians will likely argue back that Russian-speaking people in the Eastern part of Ukraine have been under attack by the Azov Battalion for years before the conflict with Russia claims is one reason for their invasion in the first place.
The other reason Russia claims for its invasion is that Ukraine was working on joining NATO. Russia was not agreeable with Ukraine as part of NATO and wants the smaller nation to remain out of NATO.
For years Ukraine has been a very poor country that Americans like the Bidens have abused and extorted for personal gain. These corrupt politicians aren’t wanting to give this up either.
How much money have the Bidens taken from Ukraine? How much have they taken from Ukraine in 2022? The Bidens and other corrupt politicians aren’t likely to easily hand over their money-making entity between Europe and Russia.
Maybe this is why the US-led Ukraine is asking Russia to go in front of an international court where they’ll surely receive no mercy for their actions. The Bidens know Russia will never accept this.