Davyd Arakhamia, the former head of the Ukrainian delegation at the 2022 Peace Talks held in Istanbul, is claiming Americans were the ones that pushed Ukraine to not accept a peace deal. He said the Russians “were prepared to end the war if we agreed to – as Finland once did- neutrality and committed that would not join NATO.” He claimed the Americans pushed Ukraine to not accept those terms.
He went on to explain that “For Moscow, Ukrainian neutrality was the key point…and the biggest thing for them.”
The negotiations happened just a few weeks after the start of the war, which began in February of 2022. Since that time, Ukraine has had at least half a million men killed or wounded, with Russia at 300,000, and those numbers are probably conservative, meaning close to (if not more than) a million human beings have been killed or wounded after the negotiations broke down.
The U.S. would NOT let Ukraine negotiate a peace that did not involve Ukraine being in the West’s orbit, no matter the cost to the Ukrainians themselves.
In this writer’s opinion, this is the war we are being forced to support by both major political parties in America, a war for NATO expansion, not a war for freedom or democracy, as our “leaders’ would have you believe. Russia invaded Ukraine to stop NATO expansion. The West, with America as the leader, pushed Russia into a war they are now using to make defense contractors rich and to grind down Russia using the blood of Ukrainians to do so.