The German and French ruling class members have told Ukraine they should seek peace with Russia in exchange for a post-war defense pact. These rulers are convinced that Ukraine cannot “win” the war (as if there are ever winners in war.)
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, official rulers from Germany, France, and Britain see stronger ties between NATO and Ukraine as a way to encourage Kyiv to start peace talks with Russia later this year. Officials from the three governments made the remarks as some of Kyiv’s Western partners have growing doubts over its ability to reconquer all its territory.
United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak last week laid out a blueprint for an agreement to give Ukraine much broader access to advanced military equipment, weapons, and ammunition to defend itself once the war ends. He said the plan should be on the agenda for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s annual meeting in July. –The Wall Street Journal
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told Zelensky at an Élysée Palace dinner earlier this month that he must consider peace talks with Moscow, the Journal reported.
“We keep repeating that Russia mustn’t win, but what does that mean? If the war goes on for long enough with this intensity, Ukraine’s losses will become unbearable,” a senior French official said. “And no one believes they will be able to retrieve Crimea.” –The Wall Street Journal
However, this “peace” offer falls short of the full membership in NATO that Ukraine has applied for and sought since the beginning of this war. Still, a more limited agreement could be a step in the right direction as long as it is part of a process that should at some point in the future end in a membership, said Andriy Melnyk, Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister.
“We would like to have security guarantees on the path to NATO,” Mr. Zelensky said in a press conference on Friday.