Ukraine: Henry Kissinger, “How to avoid another world war”.


Henry Kissinger, a former US diplomat, has stated that it is important to work towards peace negotiations in Ukraine in order to prevent another world war. He suggests that Ukraine should be linked to NATO, rather than remaining neutral, and proposes a ceasefire with Russia in which it would withdraw to the previous front lines, while the status of Crimea would be negotiated. Kissinger also suggests that if it is not possible to return to the status quo established in 2014, internationally supervised referendums in territory claimed by Russia could be considered as an option. However, he warns that attempts to weaken or dissolve Russia could lead to chaos.

“A peace process should link Ukraine to NATO, however expressed. The alternative of neutrality is no longer meaningful,” Henry Kissinger wrote in the article titled “How to avoid another world war”.

“The dissolution of Russia or destroying its ability for strategic policy could turn its territory encompassing 11 time zones into a contested vacuum,” Henry Kissinger said.

“Its competing societies might decide to settle their disputes by violence. Other countries might seek to expand their claims by force. All these dangers would be compounded by the presence of thousands of nuclear weapons which make Russia one of the world’s two largest nuclear powers,” he wrote.

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