by Ivan Katchanovski on Thread Reader November 25, 2023
Now head of Zelensky party faction in Ukrainian parliament & head of Ukrainian delegation in Ukraine-Russia talks confirms that peace deal could have been reached in spring 2022 if Ukraine agreed to neutrality.
His original interview in Ukrainian:
“The war could have ended in the spring of 2022 if Ukraine had agreed to neutrality. This statement was made by the leader of the Servant of the People faction, David Arakhamia, on air with journalist Natalya Moseychuk.
“Russia’s goal was to put pressure on us so that we would accept neutrality. This was the main thing for them: they were ready to end the war if we accepted neutrality, like Finland once did. And we would give an obligation that we would not join NATO. This is the main thing,” – said Arakhamia.
When asked why Ukraine did not agree, he replied that for this, firstly, it was necessary to change the Constitution, and secondly, there is no trust in the Russians that they will do this. He also said that Boris Johnson came to Kyiv then and said that he did not want to sign anything with the Russians and “let’s just fight.”
It should be noted that the media previously repeatedly reported that the Ukrainian authorities refused to sign the agreement in the spring of 2022 after negotiations with Johnson. And now, as we see, Arakhamia has actually confirmed this.
Let us recall that according to media reports, Putin in the spring of 2022 was ready to withdraw troops to the line on February 24 in exchange for the neutral status of Ukraine. And former German Chancellor Schröder, who participated in the negotiations , stated that Putin even agreed to return Donbass to Ukraine with a special status.
Translation of interview by Davyd Arakhamiia, head of Zelensky faction in Ukraine parliament & head of Ukrainian delegation at peace talks with Russia: “They really hoped almost to the last moment that they would force us to sign such an agreement so that we would take neutrality. It was the most important thing for them. They were prepared to end the war if we agreed to, – as Finland once did, – neutrality, and committed that we would not join NATO.
In fact, this was the key point. Everything else was simply rhetoric and political ‘seasoning’ about denazification, the Russian-speaking population and blah-blah-blah…
Moreover, when we returned from Istanbul, Boris Johnson came to Kyiv and said that we would not sign anything with them at all, and let’s just fight.”
Arakhamiia added that Western partners knew about the negotiations and saw drafts of documents, but did not attempt to make a decision for Ukraine, but rather gave advice.
“They actually advised us not to go into ephemeral security guarantees [with the Russians – ed.], which could not have been given at that time at all,” said Arakhamiia, who headed the negotiating delegation.”