A screenshot from an interview on Ukrainian TV channel 1+1 with journalist Moseichuk, in which Davyd Arachamiya, the leader of the “Servant of the People” faction, who led the Ukrainian delegation at the peace negotiations with Russia in Belarus and Turkey in 2022, makes some explosive statements that make Ukrainians wonder why they had to endure so much suffering for nothing.
A peace agreement concluded between Ukraine and Russia at the beginning of the war provided for peace and security in return for neutrality. The West torpedoed it.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson rushed to Kyiv on April 9, 2022, two months after the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, to tell Zelensky not to sign a peace agreement with Russia, which the latter and Ukraine had already initialed, but to continue the war with NATO support “for as long as it takes“. Johnson warned against peace which he described as “bad“.
Head of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s parliamentary group and senior Ukrainian MP Davyd Arakhamia served as the main negotiator during the peace negotiations in Istanbul at the start of the current war. He clarified this in an interview with the Ukrainian news agency 1+1, saying Johnson had advised Zelensky to “just keep fighting!”
Boris Johnson will go down in history as the instigator of an unnecessary war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and destroyed Ukraine
The MP made this groundbreaking revelation on Friday when he explained: “Russia’s goal was to put pressure on us to remain neutral. That was the main thing for them,” he said, adding, “And that we commit not to join NATO. This was the main thing.”
However, Kyiv did not trust Moscow to keep its word and did not want to conclude such an agreement without “security guarantees” from third parties, Arakhamia claimed, while revealing that Johnson had played the main role in the failure of the agreement.
It is well known that the British prime minister, working with Washington, was a major factor in Ukraine’s decision to reject the draft deal with Russia that Arakhamia personally initialed in Istanbul. However, Kyiv hasn’t confirmed or rejected it as of yet.
As soon as Russia withdrew its troops from the area around Kyiv as a show of goodwill after the peace talks produced a favorable resolution to the military conflict, Kyiv rejected the interim accord. The withdrawal was presented by Kyiv and the West as a great military triumph for Ukraine, which significantly improved the position of those in the West who were prepared to escalate the military conflict with massive military support. The previous prime negotiator responded by accusing the British prime minister of interfering and pressuring President Zelensky to hold off on ending the conflict.
Putin to African leaders: Ukraine threw peace agreement in the dustbin
During a conference with African heads of state and government in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a draft deal “on permanent neutrality and security guarantees for Ukraine”. At that time, Putin stated that the delegation from Ukraine had originally intended to sign a neutrality agreement that would also restrict the amount of heavy weapons and equipment that Ukraine possessed.
The former leader of the Ukrainian negotiating team acknowledged that Russia had only asked for Ukraine to remain neutral, refrain from joining NATO and the EU, and defend the minority groups who speak Russian (who have been targeted by Kyiv for discrimination and bombardment in the Donbas since 2014). Russia had not demanded any territorial concessions. Even the question of Crimea’s national affiliation was left open for future negotiations.
The interviewer expressed her confusion as to why there had to be so much devastation in Ukraine, with millions of Ukrainians fleeing their country and numerous Ukrainian soldiers losing their lives, when all that was at stake was neutrality, which could have been decided with ease. The important question (never asked by Western journalists) of why he did not sign the peace agreement if Russia only wanted Ukraine’s neutrality was raised by a remarkably responsible Ukrainian journalist.
“Putin really wanted to reach a peaceful solution with Ukraine”
Russia and Ukraine were close to concluding a peace deal to end their conflict after they held talks in Istanbul in March 2022, Ukraine’s former first deputy foreign minister Oleksandr Chalyi confirms. Chalyi was on the country’s delegation at the talks.
“We spent two months — March and April — discussing with the Russian delegation a possible peaceful settlement deal between Ukraine and Russia. And we, as you remember, concluded the so-called Istanbul communique. And we were very close in mid to late April to ending the war with some kind of peace agreement. For some reason it was postponed,” he said as he recalled the 2022 talks at a Geneva Centre for Security Policy conference, according to a video of the event posted to the center’s YouTube channel.
“We managed to find a real compromise. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin really wanted to reach a peaceful settlement with Ukraine,” Chaly stated at 28:28 in this video recording.
The Ukrainian president, who was elected as a champion of peace, will go down in history as an accomplice in helping the West to destroy Ukraine in a completely unnecessary war
Imagine that the Ukrainian president did not achieve peace because he obeyed a Western prime minister who was deposed a few months later and that his country suffered unimaginably large losses of people and material resources as a result, which could easily have been avoided.
Furthermore, this time Ukraine will lose a considerable part of its eastern land to Russia, which it could have kept if it had not broken the Minsk agreements and signed the peace deal originally agreed with Russia in April 2022.
The duplicity and broken promises (from NATO’s eastward expansion to the Minsk agreements and the peace accords in Turkey) of the West and Kyiv will have convinced the Russians that agreements with them are worth as much as the paper they are written on and that they must therefore create facts on the ground to render the rump Ukraine harmless for good.
Chas W. Freeman, retired US ambassador and chief interpreter for President Richard Nixon during his pivotal trip to China in 1972, summarized it as follows: “Had the West not intervened to prevent Ukraine from ratifying the treaty others helped it agree with Russia at the outset of the war, Ukraine would now be intact and at peace. This war did not need to take place. And every party to it has lost far more than it has gained.”
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