Ukraine, Putin does not back down an inch: “Peace only if we achieve objectives”

After the missile rain on Kiev, the explosions in Kherson and the alarm in three Ukrainian regions, Russian President Vladimir Putin was clear: “There will be peace when we achieve our goals”. During the press conference at the end of the year, the head of the Kremlin explained that Moscow’s objectives are the “denazification, demilitarization and neutral status” of the country. “Moscow is ready to build relations with the US and the EU, but Washington’s imperial policy makes this process difficult,” he said about the possibility of signing pacts with counterparts from other states. According to Putin, “American elites should start respecting other countries and looking for compromises instead of imposing sanctions.”

“It is important to give a clear signal” about support for Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin “must know that he cannot count” on “this support decreasing”. This is how German Chancellor Olaf Scholz responded upon his arrival at the European Council in Brussels. Scholz stressed that support for Kiev “will continue” and therefore “the instrument of financial support for Kiev, which will thus be able to continue defending itself against Russia’s aggression”, is important.

If Russian President Vladimir Putin “wins” the war in Ukraine, “there is a real risk that his aggression will not stop there.” This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a joint press conference with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. “Our support for Ukraine – added Stoltenberg – is not charity, it is an investment in security”. Stopping military assistance to Kiev, according to NATO’s number one, “would not end the war, but would prolong it”.

Source: IL Tempo