Post-war Russia must be disarmed, former Ukrainian FM argues
The building of the National University of Municipal Economy in the center of Kharkiv, heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike, February 5 (Photo:REUTERS/Vitalii Hnidyi)
Moscow must be made unable to attack its neighbors again in the future, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in 2007-2009 and head of the Russian Research Center, Volodymyr Ohryzko, said in an interview with NV Radio on Feb. 13.
“Just ‘de-putinization’ (of Russia) will certainly not be enough,” said Ohryzko.
“This is one of the steps that the civilized world must take in regards to post-Russian territory. A real demilitarization of this territory must also be carried out, at the very least. This means that what remains of Russia, or after Russia, shouldn’t have any potential for an armed aggression on its neighbors.”
The former minister added that “post-Russian territory must be made free of nuclear weapons,” since “any other structure that remains or arises after this war on the territory of Russia should never again threaten anyone with nuclear blackmail.”
He also pointed out the necessity to deal with the problem of the Russian population having far-right views.
“Today, this population is ‘rashist’, that is, Russian-fascist,” Ohryzko explained.
“If 86% of this population applauded Putin when he seized Crimea and started a war in Donbas, this means that this population is poisoned by chauvinism, imperialism, and this Russian fascism.”
He concluded by saying up that after Moscow’s defeat, Ukraine and its Western partners will face a difficult and complex task, which needs to be thought through right now.
Earlier, Ukrainian historian Yaroslav Hrytsak estimated that Russia will almost certainly lose the war, and could potentially fragment into several smaller states. He also stated the need to deprive Russia of sovereignty and carry out a number of reforms from the outside. That would help to turn the country into a parliamentary republic, create independent mass media, and eliminate the state control over television, reduce the Russian army and gain international control over Russian nuclear weapons.
On Aug. 24, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said he was certain that after the war, Russia would break apart into a collection of separate states, while Ukraine would retain its sovereignty and independence.
Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, earlier said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will ultimately result in Moscow losing its “colonies.”
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