By Nick Stamatakis

If you were an objective observer of the war in Ukraine (and you knew the basics of history and geography – which the American leadership does not), you knew who would be the winner before the war started.  You also knew one very basic fact: Russia sincerely accepted the Minsk Agreements, but the West violated them. Last year, German Chancellor Merkel and French President Hollande publicly just that: “We tried to fool the Russians with the Minsk agreements and buy time to arm Ukraine.”  It’s as simple as that, in great sincerity from the horse’s mouth. Then, in April 2022, a few weeks after the war started, Russia and Ukraine signed the first draft of an agreement in Istanbul.  The State Department send Boris Johnson to Kiev to force Zelensky to cancel the draft agreement.

So, the war went on, and Russia kicked the Ukrainians out of the Donbas and caused unbelievable casualties (well over 500,000 dead Ukrainians so far). Just the last three months the Russians occupied 900.000 square meters in an effort to create a “sanitary zone”.  This is a sure-fire indication that Russia is fighting a defensive war and an attrition war at the same time.

At this juncture, President Putin comes out – in his legalistic manner -and offers a peace deal: 1) The reality on the ground will be respected and Russia will keep the mostly Russophone areas he occupied by force (Crimea and Donbas).  2) Ukraine will never enter NATO. 3) Russia will immediately ensure the withdrawal of the Ukrainian forces from the war areas.  Putin added that if these terms were refused, Russia will have much different demands in the future.

Zelensky almost immediately rejected followed by the State Department. It is truly a tragic moment. All of us will pay the price for this, as the foolish leadership of the U.S. is heading for war, a war that is unwinnable for the West, especially because China has already allied with Russia. The BRICS summit will take place in Russia next October while in the meantime Saudi Arabia ended the petro-dollar agreement with the US at the same time as the BRICS promote a new international payment system to replace the SWIFT and the Chinese yuan is preparing to be the next reseve currency.

Oh, I forgot to mention that a Russian fleet is now docked in Havana, that ia able to easily destroy the Navla Base at Norfolk Virginia with its hypersonic cruise missiles…

BELOW IS THE NEWS

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SOURCE – CNBC.COM

Russia’s Putin sets out conditions for peace talks with Ukraine

  • Russian state news outlet Tass reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin demands the complete withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, after which peace negotiations can begin.
  • Putin added that Moscow was committed to ensuring the “unhindered and safe withdrawal” of Ukrainian forces if Kyiv agrees to such a concession.
  • The Kremlin’s conditions are unlikely to receive a warm reception in Kyiv, which has repeatedly stated that it will not concede territory to Russia.
DUBNA, RUSSIA - JUNE 13: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his meeting with scientists while visiting the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research on June 13, 2024 in Dubna, Russia. Putin is having a one-day trip to Dubna,  to visit an international nuclear physics research center and one of the largest scientific foundation in the country . (Photo by Contributor/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during visit to the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research on June 13, 2024 in Dubna, Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday set out the requirements for Moscow to start peace talks with Ukraine, more than two years after the Kremlin’s full-fledged invasion of its neighbor.

According to a Google-translated Telegram update from Russian state news outlet Tass, the terms include the complete withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, which Russia illegally annexed within months of commencing hostilities, in September 2022.

The Kremlin’s conditions are unlikely to receive a warm reception in Kyiv, which has repeatedly stated that it will not concede territory to Russia.

Putin said during a meeting with the leadership of the Russian Foreign Ministry that as long as Ukraine begins a “real withdrawal of troops from these regions, and will also officially notify of the abandonment of plans to join NATO — on our part, immediately, at the same minute, an order will follow to cease fire and begin negotiations,” according to Google-translated comments carried by Tass.

He said that Moscow was committed to ensuring the “unhindered and safe withdrawal” of Ukrainian forces if Kyiv agrees to such a concession.

If the peace proposal is refused, Putin added, Moscow’s future demands will be different.

Putin’s comments contrast starkly with his Ukrainian counterpart’s peace plan. Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s 10-point proposal, outlined in November 2022, demands the restoration of the country’s “territorial integrity” under the U.N. Charter. He has also insisted that Ukraine regain the peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed illegally prior to the current war, in February 2014.

CNBC has reached out to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.

Previous attempts at peace

Peace frameworks have so far been doomed to fail throughout the Ukraine conflict. A 12-point plan released by Russia’s ally Beijing on the war’s one-year anniversary also gained no momentum. China is once again pushing its own alternative diplomatic plan, Reuters reports.

Putin’s Friday proposal threatens to steal the spotlight from imminent negotiations in Switzerland, where at least 90 countries and organizations are set to meet over June 15-16 at the Swiss resort of Bürgenstock for the Summit on Peace in Ukraine.

Moscow, notably, was not invited — and has in the past touted the futility of third parties attempting to negotiate a resolution to the conflict without Russia’s participation. Previous summits have failed to implement a diplomatic solution to the conflict or abate hostilities on the battlefield.

It comes as Ukraine’s allies have been stepping up support in recent weeks, both financially and militarily.

On Thursday, leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) nations agreed in principle to issue $50 billion in loans for Kyiv that are backed by the profits generated by roughly 300 billion euros ($322 billion) of Russian central bank assets frozen by the West. European Council President Charles Michel stressed that “Russia has to pay.”

NATO is separately due to discuss further support for Ukraine during its upcoming summit of July 9-11. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expects member countries to agree a “long-term financial pledge to provide military support” for Kyiv and a “leading role” for the military alliance in providing and coordinating security assistance in the war-torn country.

Already, the U.S. and Germany have removed some restrictions on weapons they supply to Ukraine and now permit their use against targets just over the border inside Russia, exclusively for the purpose of defending Kharkiv.

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