Re: Thanks. Good assessment as usual.
Posted by Ken Waldron on December 4, 2023, 5:45 pm, in reply to "Re: Thanks. Good assessment as usual. "
"...The interview corroborates claims first reported in May 2022 by the broadly Western-aligned Ukrainska Pravda outlet — which reported that Boris Johnson told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the West wouldn’t support any peace deal regardless of what Ukraine wanted, and they preferred to keep taking the fight to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was less powerful than they had thought.
Johnson had himself confirmed , albeit not in so many words, in a phone call to French President Emmanuel Macron that he had urged Zelensky against peace.
All of it lends further weight to multiple accounts over the course of the past 21 months that have claimed Ukraine and Russia were on the brink of peace, but were blocked by NATO states eager for a prolonged war that would weaken Russia and possibly destabilize it.
Former U.S. national security official Fiona Hill reported the two sides had reached a tentative peace deal the same month of Johnson’s surprise visit to Kyiv, while former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder , former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett , and several Turkish officials — all of whom were involved at various times in the talks — have said that NATO officials stopped or undermined negotiations... "