Putin only one who can stop war in Donbas, U.S. envoy believes

Taylor is convinced that Zelensky should hold talks with Putin to discuss the issues of Donbas, the Black Sea, and the Kerch Strait.

William Taylor, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the United States Embassy in Kyiv, says Russian President Vladimir Putin is the only one who can stop the war in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

But what is important is that at the moments of escalation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin twice to discuss incidents related to the war, Taylor told the Ukrainian media outlet European Pravda on August 15, according to a report published in Ukrainian.

When asked if Ukraine could stop the war in Donbas, the diplomat said that it could not, adding that the only one who can stop the war is Vladimir Putin.

Taylor is convinced that Zelensky should hold talks with Putin to discuss the issues of Donbas, the Black Sea, and the Kerch Strait.

The diplomat says he is inspired with the fact that Ukrainians and Russians are now able to talk about this in principle.

The U.S. envoy also believes that Putin is able to stop the war within 24 hours.

According to Taylor, the Russian president can just issue instructions to withdraw the army, special services, and Russian weapons from Donbas, and that is when the conflict will be settled.

Taylor is convinced that the sanctions imposed by the West are putting pressure on the Russian president.

Officials, who are close to Putin, are concerned about sanctions and looking for ways to ease them, he said. The sanctions have lasted much longer than both Putin and his team predicted. They are affecting both the Russian economy and certain persons who are now limited in their ability to travel and whose assets have been frozen. This is real pressure, which may force Putin to make the relevant decision, Taylor believes.

At the same time, the diplomat noted that the introduction of a peacekeeping mission in Donbas remains on the agenda, but this is not the only solution.

Putin and the international community are talking about the scenario, which is not provided for by the Minsk agreements, while it does not contradict the accords. According to Taylor, it is possible to obtain consent from the UN Security Council for a group of states to form a pool of observers and peacekeepers. They will ensure the withdrawal of troops to Russia and disarmament of the so-called “republics,” as well as create the conditions under which local elections could be held in Donbas.

The international community is able to create courts, return migrants, and resume the payment of pensions in Donbas, Taylor notes, adding that this will allow the Russians to withdraw their forces from this territory. In this case, Putin will be able to “save face” and say he has successfully defended Russian-speakers in Donbas and handing this role to the international community.

(c) Unian

12 comments

  • “Taylor notes, adding that this will allow the Russians to withdraw their forces from this territory. In this case, Putin will be able to “save face” and say he has successfully defended Russian-speakers in Donbas and handing this role to the international community.”

    Yet another fucking idiot blabbering on about Putin saving face. How can Putin claim to have defended Russian speakers in Donbas, when the Kremlin deny every day they are not involved in Donbas? Never mind saving face, he is responsible for the death of 13,000+ deaths in Donbas, the majority of them would speak Russian too. Add on to that the MH17 case, the annexation of Crimea, and they still rabbit on about saving face.

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    • Save face? Better Suzanna kicks both Putin’s and Taylor’s face until the heels start to bleed!

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      • If this is the official approach by the US, Zelensky might as well cancel his visit.

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      • Taylor is correct on one point if nothing else, Pootie is the only person at this time able to end this war. He/the Kriminalin will continue to obfusticate in the UN SC until they get their way, by veto of any pescekeeper mission. Discussion with Z can only involve capitulation and turning away from the EU and NATO and become a vasil state of the new CCCP.
        The missile test explosion with impressive nuclear cloud is evidence of the direction the Kriminalin is headed. Confrontation is inevitable with that collection of psychopaths, and they are bringing up another genertation of children to be psychopaths to replace them. IMHO it may be better to butt heads now rather than when Pootlerstan is more militarily prepared. If we leave them to their own as the appeasers would like, when the Kriminalin feels they have the upper hand they will strike. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to tepeat it. Look to the Nazi approach into WW2 with the CCCP involvement in Poland. Then when the Nazi’s turned on him, Stalin came running to the Allies begging for assistance. Then the dust from that was barely settling, the CCCP made moves on countries they had liberated from the Nazis as “spoils of war” and “repayment” for their losses. The Russian Imperial mentality says they once “owned” a territory, they “own” it now due to Russian ethnics left behind no matter how small a percentage of the population.
        Pootie has an agenda and his face has nothing to do with it!

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    • “…obtain consent from the UN Security Council for a group of states to form a pool of observers and peacekeepers…”
      I can imagine this list that Putler would not veto; Belarus, Venezuela, Iran, Russia (of course), Serbia and Zimbabwe.

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  • ‘Taylor is convinced that the sanctions imposed by the West are putting pressure on the Russian president.’
    Then it means that he’s a fucking idiot. The present range of ‘sanctions’ are far too feeble to cause any change of policy in putlerstan.

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