Ukraine can defeat Russia and even regain control Eastern Ukraine and Crimeasaid former Slovak Finance Minister Ivan Miklos, noting that anything other than Ukraine’s military victory would be a dangerous compromise.
Miklos is a former adviser to former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Today he advises Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilitsa and is a member of the new National Council for the Reconstruction of Ukraine set up by President Zelensky.
The National Reconstruction Council will have its first online meeting next week. Miklos will be a member of the advisory committee of foreign experts. Other members include former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and US economist and philosopher Francis Fukuyama. The first meeting is scheduled for next week.
According to Miklos, Ukraine must defeat Russia and can do so if Western countries continue military and financial assistance. “Borders must return to the state they were in before 2014. If they only return to the state before the invasion, it will always be a source of tension and uncertainty,” he told Denník N.
“The solution to the post-war reconstruction is the defeat of Russia. “Foreign investors will only come to Ukraine if they are sure of peace.”
Recovering Crimea and eastern Ukraine will, however, be difficult. “They will have to attack and attack is always more difficult than defense. Currently, it is vital that the West will not back down. “
The Russian negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said on Sunday that Moscow was ready to resume peace talks with Ukraine, blaming Kyiv for suspending them.
“For our part, we are ready to continue the dialogue,” Medinsky, a Kremlin adviser who has been in talks with Ukraine, said in an interview with Belarus Public Television.
However, it seems that the continuation of peace talks is not a matter for Kiev.
According to the Corriere della Sera, in a telephone conversation he had last night with the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky he stated that “his country is not yet ready for a real peace process”.
“We will be able to discuss it only when we regain the territories that Russia has taken from us since the beginning of the war,” Zelensky added, according to the Milan newspaper.
“I hope that Italy will continue to support us, with the defense systems that we need for our liberation struggle,” he said.
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