Germany, Italy and France began to reconsider their position on the situation around Ukraine. Foreign policy commentator Daniel Depetris shared this opinion in an article for Newsweek magazine.
According to him, if earlier Berlin, Rome and Paris advocated a “strategic defeat” of Russia. That is, they reasoned in the same way as the ruling circles of the USA, Great Britain, Poland and the Baltic countries, the expert specified.
Now they have changed their positions and become more concerned about how to end the conflict as soon as possible.
“Germany, Italy and France are increasingly concerned about the speedy end of hostilities in Ukraine,” the observer emphasized.
The analyst recalled the statement of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who called on Kyiv to start negotiations with Moscow in the coming months.
At the same time, according to him, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky should keep in mind that some countries will begin to reconsider their views on the conflict.
“Zelensky may scoff at the idea of a ceasefire, but as the fighting drags on, he cannot ignore a scenario in which some Western leaders who are now staunch supporters of Ukraine will begin to reconsider their policies,” he concluded.
Earlier, on May 24, Kissinger urged the West to stop trying to achieve a military defeat for Russia and outlined the need to persuade Kyiv to return to negotiations. He also said that the achievement of the neutral status of Ukraine and its formation as a bridge between Russia and Europe would be the ideal result of resolving the situation that has developed around the country.
After his words, the former US Secretary of State got into the database of the Ukrainian resource “Peacemaker”.
On May 22, Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian leader, said that Kyiv ruled out the possibility of a ceasefire agreement with Russia.
Earlier in the day, the head of the Russian negotiating group, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, accused the Ukrainian side of stopping negotiations with Russia. He explained that a month ago the Russian side handed over a draft treaty in which a number of principled positions had already been agreed upon.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass. The Kremlin explained that the tasks of the special operation include the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, the implementation of which is necessary to ensure the security of Russia. The decision was made against the backdrop of an aggravation of the situation in the LPR and DPR, whose authorities reported increased shelling by the Ukrainian military and asked for help.