Alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said that peace comes at a price, but insisted it’s up to Ukraine
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that the US-led alliance aims to strengthen Ukraine’s position at the negotiating table, but added that any peace deal would involve compromises, including of territory.
After meeting with Sauli Niinisto, Stoltenberg addressed the Kultaranta Talks held in Finland. The NATO chief stated that the West is willing to cooperate with the West. “pay a price”To strengthen Ukraine’s military, Kiev must make concessions to Moscow to ensure that the conflict is resolved.
“Peace is possible,”He said. “The only question is what price are you willing to pay for peace? How much territory, how much independence, how much sovereignty…are you willing to sacrifice for peace?”
Stoltenberg didn’t suggest terms Ukraine should accept. He stated that “it’s for those who are paying the highest price to make that judgment,”NATO and West keep supplying weapons to the Ukrainians, “strengthen their hand”When a settlement has been reached.
While the secretary general was not direct in his support for the ceding Ukrainian territory, he brought up Finland’s example, where it gave Karelia over to the Soviet Union during a peace agreement that took place after the Second World War. Stoltenberg described Finland-Soviet cooperation as “a settlement”. “one of the reasons Finland was able to come out of the Second World War as an independent sovereign nation.”
Stoltenberg’s statement comes amid growing sentiment that Ukraine may soon be pressed into a peace deal by its Western backers. Although the US and British have publicly stated that Ukraine is not at war, “can win”According to CNN, officials from Washington, London, and Brussels have been meeting in secret without their Ukrainian counterparts as part of a plan for a ceasefire.
Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, also claims that foreign unnamed parties tried to obstruct his government. “push us a little”The public backing Ukraine is growing, which will lead to an agreement “war weary.”
Emmanuel Macron, French President has denied asking Zelensky to surrender some territory for peace. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had suggested that he did so last month.
Kissinger proposed that Ukraine would accept the return of the Soviet Union in May. “status quo ante,” meaning it would relinquish its territorial claims to Crimea and grant autonomy to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Crimea has been a part of Russia since 2014, while Moscow recognized the independence of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics several days before its military operation began in February.
Zelensky has moved positions many times in relation to a possible deal. President Trump periodically expressed an interest in reaching a peace settlement with Russia. This was only for the benefit of his officers. US State DepartmentZelensky, but Zelensky, was quick to express opposing views. Zelensky announced late last month that he would enter negotiations. Zelensky then came out several days later to tell his people. “there will be no alternative to our Ukrainian flags”Flying over Donbass republics
“We understand that it is very difficult for Ukraine after all this fighting to give up their land,”During the conversation with Stoltenberg, Niinisto stated this on Sunday. “But seeing that Russia would lose all its holdings is not at this point foreseeable. Gaining peace is absolutely difficult.”