Following latest statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin, it has become evidently clear that Volodymyr Zelensky or his neo-Nazi cohorts in Ukraine do not want peace. The Russian president said, Kiev has not shown interest in “serious” and meaningful dialogue, meaning, Zelensky’s neo-Nazi cohorts are pushing the fate of Ukraine towards emerging as a country fully controlled by Nazis or Ukraine becoming a Naziland – a dangerous breeding ground of Nazis and fascists.
According to media reports, peace talks between Russia and Ukraine has been “de facto suspended” by Kiev, President Vladimir Putin has said. He made the remarks during a phone call with his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinisto.
The discussion focused on Finland’s push for NATO membership, which has been reinvigorated amid the Ukrainian crisis. According to the Finnish president’s office, Niinisto told Putin that his country is set to make a decision on joining the US-led military bloc within days.
“Vladimir Putin, in particular, shared his assessment of the state of the negotiation process between Russian and Ukrainian representatives, which has been de facto suspended by Kiev, which has not shown interest in a serious and meaningful dialogue,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
Putin warned that Helsinki’s move to abandon its “traditional policy of military neutrality” would be a “mistake”, stressing that there were “no threats to Finland’s security”. The move “may have a negative impact” on “mutually beneficial” relations between the two countries, he outlined.
Finland’s neighbor Sweden, is also considering a NATO membership, and could lodge its application as early as May 16, according to local media reports.
The deputy FM pointed out that by becoming NATO members Finland and Sweden would “actually give up… on their non-nuclear status”.
“Those countries will participate in NATO’s nuclear planning group”, despite for decades pushing for non-proliferation and for the destruction of such weapons, he said.
NATO’s expansion towards its borders is seen as a major threat by Russia and the addition of new members, if it happens, will be met with appropriate countermeasures by Moscow, Russia’s deputy foreign minister Alexander Glushko insisted.
This proposed new expansion of NATO will only add tensions to the region, the diplomat pointed out, explaining that, as soon as the membership of Helsinki and Stockholm would be approved, the bloc will instantly claim that “its northern flank is vulnerable…” ; that the inclusion of Finland has led to “the border between NATO and Russia growing by 1,300 km. This border must be protected, that’s why we need to deploy additional contingents there and so on”.
It may be mentioned here that, both Finland and Sweden stayed out of the US-led bloc during the Cold War, but the governments of Russia’s neighboring countries have said they have “reconsidered” their stance after the launch of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine in late February. Media reports claim Helsinki and Stockholm could apply for admission the US-led military bloc in the coming days.
Meanwhile, in another statement Russia’s deputy foreign minister Alexander Glushko has warned stating decision by Brussels to initiate the procedure of Ukraine’s accession to EU membership would signify the end of the 27-member bloc.
Modern Ukraine is a “state where Nazi groups rule the show and Nazi ideology reigns, which is incompatible with European values” Glushko said.
If Brussels welcomes such a country “this would mean the end of the EU and would show that the EU isn’t guided by the values on which it stands and was created, but purely by geopolitics”, he explained.
The bloc has accelerated moves aimed at making Kiev a member after the launch of the Russian military operation in late February.
The government of Volodymyr Zelensky has already submitted its membership questionnaire to Brussels, with the European Commission planning to announce its opinion on it in June.
Russia had initially said it wouldn’t object to Ukraine being in the EU as, unlike the US-led NATO alliance, it’s not a military bloc.
But Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov revealed on May 13 that Moscow has changed its stance on the issue.
The EU’s behavior during the conflict, which included weapons shipments to Kiev and a push for a military solution, indicated that the bloc was in the process of merging with NATO and in the future will operate as merely its extension, Lavrov claimed.
“The EU is turning from the constructive economic platform that it was originally meant to be into an aggressive militant player that has ambitions stretching far beyond the European continent”, Lavrov said.
Russia accuses West of ‘state piracy’
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said, US-led bloc has completely undermined its reputation as a “predictable partner”. He said, the West has declared a “total hybrid war” against Russia, resorting to open “robbery” and “state piracy”.
Everyone “without exception” is set to feel the impact of this conflict, the top diplomat warned.
“Political correctness, decency, rules, and the legal norms are simply discarded, the cancel culture is applied to everything Russian, any hostile actions against our country are allowed, including outright robbery”, Lavrov said during his speech at a meeting of the Foreign and Defense Policy Council (SVOP) forum.
The hostile steps taken by ‘the collective West’ against Moscow in recent weeks have completely undermined its own reputation as a “predictable partner,” the diplomat continued. Such actions only bring the emergence of a truly multipolar world closer, as “not only Russia, but many others are reducing their dependence on the US dollar, on Western technologies and markets”, no longer feeling safe from Western “state piracy”, Lavrov believes.
The ongoing assault on Russia has already turned into a “total hybrid war”, he added. That “war” has already reached such a scale that “everyone” in the world will be affected by it, he warned.
In another statement during his address to the Council on Foreign and Defense Policies, Sergey Lavrov alleged stating that the West’s campaign against Russia includes sanctions caused by the special military operation in Ukraine, eastward NATO expansion and supplying Kiev with modern weapons.
He added that the West’s actions have largely determined the path that Russia will take in the near future.
“The choice that we are making, that we’ve practically made already, was prompted by the West launching an all-out hybrid war against our country. We did all we could to avoid the confrontation, but Russia accepts the challenge. It’s not like sanctions are something new to us – they have been in place in some sense practically for the entire time”, he said.
According to the Russian foreign minister, it is hard to predict how long this confrontation will last. At the same time, he expressed confidence that its aftermath will be felt “by everyone”.
Lavrov further stressed that Russia is currently at a historic crossroads akin to 1991, when the USSR ceased to exist, and 1917, when the October Revolution brought the Bolshevik Party to power. He noted that the path chosen today will determine Russia’s place in the new world order.
Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German- and French-brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.