SWITZERLAND, RUSSIA, UKRAINE: Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has said it would be ‘fatal’ for the West to get swept up in the ‘mood of the moment’ and forget Russia’s position of power within Europe and suggested Ukraine should give up territory, reported Daily Mail.
Kissinger, 98, was speaking during the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland. Kissinger said Ukraine should begin negotiations before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easy to overcome.
“Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante. Pursuing the war beyond that point will not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself,” he told the conference on Monday.
These statements come after Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s opening speech at this week’s Davos summit.
According to The Telegraph, Kissinger explained that Russia was an ‘essential part of Europe’ for over 400 years, noting that European leaders must ‘not lose sight of the longer-term relationship’ or otherwise risk putting Russia in a permanent alliance with China. He also said, “I hope the Ukrainians will match the heroism they have shown with wisdom.”
Meanwhile, Russian forces sought to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin eastern cities straddling a river as President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Moscow was seeking to destroy the industrial Donbas region where it has focused its attacks. Russian forces were advancing from three directions to encircle them.
Three months into the invasion, Moscow still has only limited gains to show for its worst military losses in decades, while much of Ukraine has suffered devastation in the biggest attack on a European state since 1945.
Meanwhile, workers digging through the rubble of an apartment building in Mariupol found 200 bodies in the basement, Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday.
Mariupol was relentlessly pounded during a nearly three-month siege that ended last week after some 2,500 Ukrainian fighters abandoned a steel plant where they had made their stand.
– THE MALAY MAIL, THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS