Ukraine needs to give up its claims to the territories that have become part of Russia and start the negotiation process, said former US Ambassador to the USSR Jack Matlock in an article published in The Responsible Statecraft, a publication of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Government. The diplomat is convinced that Kyiv’s attempts to return the lost territories by force will lead to an even greater escalation of the conflict, which will end in sad consequences for Ukraine.
Ukraine, even with the support of NATO, will not be able to create a stable, functioning state within the borders of 1991, Matlock believes .
In his opinion, the goals set by Kyiv to return the territories are unrealistic. The only way to stop the armed conflict, according to the diplomat, is the signing of a ceasefire agreement. Matlock stressed that the United States must use all sorts of leverage to persuade Kyiv to sit down at the negotiating table.
He also believes that the conflict could have been completely avoided if the Ukrainian authorities adhered to the Minsk agreements, recognized the Donbass as an autonomous entity within Ukraine, refused to join NATO and did not listen to the advisers of the military-political bloc.
Earlier, publicist Ivan Novoselov suggested that Kiev would negotiate with Russia only in the event of the loss of Western sponsors. According to him, the West may lose interest in supporting Ukraine if the Armed Forces of Ukraine do not show noticeable success at the front.