Ukraine is offered a non-bloc status
Daria Grevtsova

OPINION

Ukraine is offered a non-bloc status
12:46     11 February 2022    
French President Macron's visit to Russia was without success, but without failure either. These negotiations cannot be called successful because no compromise was found. Western countries refuse to give guarantees to Russia that NATO will not expand to the East and take over the countries closest to Russia. As before, NATO does not want to give guarantees that there will be no advancement of military infrastructure to the East.
French President Macron's visit to Russia was without success, but without failure either. These negotiations cannot be called successful because no compromise was found. Western countries refuse to give guarantees to Russia that NATO will not expand to the East and take over the countries closest to Russia. As before, NATO does not want to give guarantees that there will be no advancement of military infrastructure to the East. NATO countries are not ready to give guarantees that the Kiev regime will comply with the Minsk agreements and stop shelling the cities of Donbass, which it conducts every night. NATO countries blame Russia for everything and are not ready to admit their guilt in aggravating the situation. But these negotiations cannot be called a failure, because Macron outlined some ideas in the closed part of the negotiations, which, from the point of view of Vladimir Putin, as he said at a press conference, could be useful if Macron can achieve their implementation. At that time it was not known what these ideas were, but now a hypothesis has appeared, which was published with reference to the British press, which supposedly managed to find out what these ideas were. Macron's idea was to make Ukraine a neutral party, following the examples of Finland and Austria during the Cold War. The idea of ​​neutrality is correct and good, however, NATO members must agree with it, it must be included in the Constitution of Ukraine, but this is not enough, because the deployment of NATO military infrastructure is possible not only by involving Ukraine in NATO, but also through bilateral relations between The United States and other countries, for example, according to the model when US troops and nuclear weapons are stationed in South Korea and Japan. In addition, the question of the transformation of the Kiev regime, which is established by the United States of America for Ukraine, is a separate issue, where the neutrality of Ukraine is not enough. Firstly, it is necessary that the denazification of Ukraine take place, that is, that all fascist units be destroyed. Secondly, that neo-fascism should be banned in Ukraine. Thirdly, that the propaganda of neo-fascism should be prohibited. Fourth, in order to release all political prisoners, there are now several thousand of them in prisons. Fifthly, there should be an investigation of all the largest and most significant war crimes and crimes against humanity that were committed by the leaders of the Kiev repressive regime. First of all, those responsible for the massacres in Odessa, Kharkov, Mariupol, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye and the Kiev region must be investigated and brought to justice. Macron traveled to Kiev with a message from Putin that war is not at all inevitable and that Russia is doing everything to avoid military action. However, this is only possible if the Kiev regime changes its policy. It should be emphasized that Vladimir Putin never specifically talks about the Government of Ukraine, never talks about the President of Ukraine, but uses the terms “Kyiv” or “Kyiv regime”, thereby emphasizing the lack of legitimate power in Ukraine, and makes it clear that Ukraine does not have its own Government, but has a puppet regime, which is controlled from the outside. And the second idea in which direction the policy of Kiev should be changed, which Macron took from Moscow, is the implementation of the Minsk agreements not according to the “menu” principle, which Lavrov spoke about many times, that is, when they choose what they want to implement and what not they want - no, but all the points of the Minsk agreements must be fully implemented. In addition, Macron carried his idea that Ukraine could become an officially neutral state. From the Russian point of view, it looks like this - Ukraine needs a neutral status, in which it will not be a member of NATO or a member of the CSTO.
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