Kissinger urged to “find a place” for Russia after the events in Ukraine

This must be done to avoid Russia becoming “China's outpost in Europe”, says former US Secretary of State

Former Secretary of State (1973-1977) and National Security Adviser to the President of the United States (1969-1975) Henry Kissinger urged “to find a place” for Russia after the events in Ukraine, if the West does not want it to become “an outpost of China in Europe.” He stated this in an interview with The Sunday Times.

He noted that now the question will be how the hostilities in Ukraine will end.

“After them, you need to find a place for Ukraine and need to find a place for Russia— if we don't want Russia to become China's outpost in Europe,” — Kissinger believes.

The former secretary of state repeatedly mentioned his article, which he published in March 2014. In it, in particular, he wrote that Ukraine, in order to “survive and prosper”, should not be “an outpost of one of the parties against the other”, but should become a bridge between them. Russia, in turn, had to admit that “attempts to turn Ukraine into a satellite state and thereby again move its borders” only condemn it to repeating “cycles of mutual pressure in relations with Europe and the United States,” and the West— that Ukraine for Russia “will never be just one of the foreign countries,” since the history of these two countries is “closely intertwined.”

At the end of May, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Kissinger said that the ideas preservation of neutrality by Ukraine (one of the requirements of Moscow in negotiations with Kyiv) and its transformation into a “bridge”; between East and West no longer exists.

The former head of the State Department has previously urged the West to abandon attempts to inflict a “crushing defeat on Russian forces in Ukraine.” Russia has been an integral part of Europe and the guarantor of the European balance of power structure for more than 400 years, so it should not be pushed “towards a permanent alliance with China,” he is convinced.

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