The former US Secretary of State explained what he meant when he called in Davos to return “to the previous state of affairs.” Kissinger's statements made during the WEF were criticized by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky alt=”Kissinger explained his words about concessions to Russia by Ukraine” />
Former Secretary of State (1973 & ndash; 1977) and National Security Adviser to the US President (1969 & ndash; 1975) Henry Kissinger explained his words about the need for territorial concessions for Russia from Ukraine: at the end of May, at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Kissinger said, in particular, that the West must influence Ukraine to resume peace talks. “Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the previous state of affairs,” — said the 99-year-old politician at the time.
Commenting on these statements in an interview with ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt in early June (video posted on YouTube), Kissinger explained that he had in mind a return to the state of affairs on February 24, before Russian troops took part of Ukrainian territory under control during a special operation. . According to the former secretary of state, the status of Crimea can be discussed only after that and when the parties agree on a ceasefire. “But journalists have shortened and simplified it,” — Kissinger said.
Speaking at the WEF, the former secretary of state also urged the West to stop trying to inflict a “crushing defeat on Russian forces in Ukraine”; and noted that Russia for more than 400 years has been an integral part of Europe and the guarantor of the European structure of the balance of power, so you can not “push Russia to a permanent alliance with China.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Kissinger's position. He said that the American politician seemed to be not in 2022 in Davos, but in 1938 in Munich, when an agreement was signed between Germany, Great Britain, Italy and France on the annexation of the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia to Germany.
After his speech in Davos, Kissinger got into the database of the Ukrainian site “Peacemaker” (recognized as extremist and blocked in Russia) as “an accomplice in crimes against Ukraine.” The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, suggested that he ended up in the database “for the presence of intelligence.”