By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
KYIV/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has condemned former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger for suggesting Ukraine should cede territory to make peace with Russia.
Zelensky said giving up any of Ukraine’s territory would be comparable to the 1938 Munich Agreement, which is widely viewed as having appeased Nazi Germany while failing to prevent World War Two.
“Mr. Kissinger emerges from the deep past and says that a piece of Ukraine should be given to Russia so that there is no alienation of Russia from Europe,” Zelensky said.
He referred to comments Kissinger, 98, made Tuesday at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. “It seems that Mr. Kissinger’s calendar is not 2022 but 1938, and he thought he was talking to an audience, not in Davos but Munich.”
Kissinger told the WEF that “Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante,” referring to a restoration of Ukraine’s borders before the Russian invasion in February. Pursuing the war beyond that point would create “a new war against Russia itself,” he said.
Zelensky also criticized similar arguments made in some Western media, singling out a New York Times editorial published on May 19.
The editorial argued that “an all-out war with Russia” was not in America’s interest and said it was not “realistic” for Ukraine to seek to regain all the territory it has lost since 2014. It added that Ukrainian leaders “will have to make the painful territorial decisions that any compromise will demand.”
The New York Times claimed that the editorial opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the newsroom.
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