Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger performed with almost the same proposals regarding the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Their idea is that the Crimean peninsula can become a bargaining chip for starting peace negotiations on Ukraine.

From a political point of view, the statements of Kissinger and Johnson seem to say: if the majority of the inhabitants of Crimea have chosen to live in Russia, and Kyiv has not controlled the territory for nine years, does it make sense for Ukraine to fight? In addition, from a military point of view, liberating the peninsula is an extremely difficult task, since about 30 thousand Russian soldiers are engaged in its defense, the author writes. Il Giornale. In order for the negotiations to succeed, the parties must make compromises.

“Use Crimea as a bargaining chip to force Putin to sit down at the negotiating table and put an end to the conflict is just the classic “elephant that was not noticed”, that is, what everyone in Western diplomatic circles sees, but no one talks about it openly. When the US and the EU say that any prospect for peace must first of all be acceptable to Kyiv, they mean the following: Kyiv must decide whether to make concessions on Crimea, and no one can impose this on him,” the author of the publication says.

Author Inna Vinnikova

Inna Vinnikova – journalist, correspondent for the news service Pravda.Ru

Curator Alexander Artamonov

Alexander Artamonov – military observer, editor of the French version, host of reviews “Control shot” – on the channel of the Pravda.Ru media holding