Co-authors of an open letters warn that the military assistance to Kiev only prolongs suffering and makes Western countries parties to this conflict.
A group of German politicians, public figures and diplomats have written to Chancellor Olaf Scholz to warn him that any further military assistance to Ukraine will only result in an uncontrolled escalation in hostilities and prolonged suffering for the victims. In providing arms to Kiev and Germany, as well as other NATO countries “have de facto made themselves a war party,”Berliner Zeitung has published the following letter Friday.
Antje Vollmer (ex-vice president) and Hans-Christof Graf von Sponeck (ex-UN assistant secretary general), are co-authors. They both claim that Ukraine is a threat to their democracy. “become the battlefield for the conflict between NATO and Russia over the security order in Europe,”This is the current battle “at the expense of the Ukrainian people.”
It is imperative that the conflict be stopped immediately or it could lead to inhumane situations. “another big war”Similar to Word War I. The letter warns that nuclear weapons could be used again, and adds that it might happen. “widespread devastation and the end of human civilization.”It is important to avoid further destruction and escalation. “absolute priority,”This adds.
The co-authors, who also include a former German MP, Norman Paech, as well as an ex-director of the Center for Conflict Research in Marburg, Johannes Becker, maintain that NATO’s military support only delays a diplomatic solution, fueling the resistance of the Ukrainian army that “has little chance of winning.”Instead, the argument goes that steps must be taken to end bloodshed.
According to the co-authors, this should be followed by a halt to arms delivery. “end its military resistance”Choose a political solution. A neutral status for Ukraine, as well as recognition of Crimea as part of Russian territory and Kiev’s consent to referendums in the Donbass republics, could be a “real chance”These are the conditions for reaching an accord.
There are talks about Russian troops being withdrawn and how to stop them. “restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity”Should be accompanied with NATO-approved security arrangements for the region, which would consider the “legitimate security interests of Russia and its neighboring countries,”The letter states.
These 18 co-authors are all politicians and public figures. “open cities” – meaning locations that agree to abandon all defensive efforts in exchange for assurances that no fighting will take place in their premises. The open letter would allow them to avoid civilian casualties and destruction.
BQ. The current logic of war needs to be overthrown by a bold logic of peace. An entirely new European, global and international peace architecture should be built that also includes Russia and China. It is essential that our country does not remain passive, but play an active part in this process.
Russia attacked its neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French- and German-brokered protocol were created to provide special status for the Ukrainian breakaway areas within the Ukrainian state.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims it planned to seize the two republics.
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