Ukraine responds to French proposal to guarantee security for Russia

5 December 2022, 01:21 PM
Ukraine is outraged by proposals to provide security guarantees to Russia (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

Ukraine is outraged by proposals to provide security guarantees to Russia (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

Only a denuclearized and demilitarized Russia can be a guarantee for peace for Europe and the world, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDCU), Oleksiy Danilov, wrote on Twitter on Dec. 4, in response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal that Russia would be given “security guarantee” if it agrees to negotiate with Ukraine.

"Someone wants to provide security guarantees to a terrorist and killer state?” Danilov asks rhetorically.

"Instead of Nuremberg [trials] – to sign an agreement with Russia and shake hands? Ukrainian blood on Putin’s hands will not bother business as usual? The strange logic of carpet diplomacy, the time of which has gone.”

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He stressed the main issue in any negotiations would be to guarantee the world's security from Russia, and not vice versa.

"The experience of Budapest might be useful,” he noted.

“When you’re unarmed, you’re not a threat. Unfortunately, we know. The only guarantee is the humanism of the European judicial system, The Hague verdict does not provide for the death penalty.”

Meanwhile, presidential advisor Mykhaylo Podolyak also criticized the French proposal, saying that any security guarantees for Russia could only be possible following war crimes tribunals for Russian leaders.

"Civilized world needs "security guarantees" from barbaric intentions of post-Putin Russia...It will be possible only after tribunal, conviction of war authors and war criminals, imposition of large-scale reparations and bloody clarification of ru-elites "who is the one to blame?" he wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with a French television channel that a new security architecture should include “security guarantees” for Russia. According to him, if the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin agrees for peace talks with Ukraine, the West should consider ways to meet Moscow's demand for security guarantees, especially in regard to its fear of "NATO comes right up to its doors".

The French leader also claimed it's up to Ukraine to decide about conditions and time frame of peace talks with Russia.

According to Russia, these “security guarantees” would simply be a restatement of Russia’s ultimatums towards Ukraine, such as demanding that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization never accept Ukraine as a member and to withdraw NATO forces to positions they occupied in 1997, as they were before Poland and Baltic countries had joined the alliance.

Russia and the western countries held out a number of meetings on this matter, but finally on Jan. 26, the U.S. and NATO denied these demands "to guarantee [Russia’s] security”, making it clear that Poland and the Baltic States are NATO members in good standing, and that Ukraine is a sovereign country that can decide its own alliances and partnerships.

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