Henry Kissinger: Ukraine must give Russia territory

Former US Secretary of State warns against the defeat of Putin as Western unity on sanctions frays badly

IN DAVOS, SWITZERLAND. 23 May 2022 •

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Veteran US statesman Henry Kissinger has urged the West to stop trying to inflict a crushing defeat on Russian forces in Ukraine, warning that it would have disastrous consequences for the long term stability of Europe.

The former US secretary of state and architect of the Cold War rapprochement between the US and China told a gathering in Davos that it would be fatal for the West to get swept up in the mood of the moment and forget the proper place of Russia in the European balance of power.

Dr Kissinger said the war must not be allowed to drag on for much longer, and came close to calling on the West to bully Ukraine into accepting negotiations on terms that fall very far short of its current war aims.

“Negotiations need to begin in the next two months before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome. Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante. Pursuing the war beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself,” he said.

He told the World Economic Forum that Russia had been an essential part of Europe for 400 years and had been the guarantor of the European balance of power structure at critical times. European leaders should not lose sight of the longer term relationship, and nor should they risk pushing Russia into a permanent alliance with China.

“I hope the Ukrainians will match the heroism they have shown with wisdom,” he said, adding with his famous sense of realpolitik that the proper role for the country is to be a neutral buffer state rather than the frontier of Europe.

The comments came amid growing signs that the Western coalition against Vladimir Putin is fraying badly as the food and energy crisis deepens, and that sanctions may have reached their limits.

“We’re seeing the worst of Europe,” said German vice-chancellor Robert Habeck in an angry outburst in Davos, accusing Hungary and other recalcitrant states of paralysing attempts by the rest of the EU to craft a full-fledged oil embargo.

Mr Habeck, who doubles as economy minister, said Germany is more or less ready to endure the shock of a total cut-off in Russian oil imports but others want to carry on as if nothing had changed. “I expect everyone to work to find a solution, and not to sit back and work on building their partnership with Putin,” he said.

Yuriy Vitrenkio, head of the Ukrainian energy consortium Naftogas, said the refuseniks are demanding exemptions from the embargo on false pretences. “What they really want is a free-ride on discounted Russian oil,” he said.

Eleven Republican senators and 57 congressmen in the US voted against the colossal $40bn aid package for Ukraine, an early sign of fragmenting cohesion in Washington.

“Putin is counting on the West to lose focus and that is our real challenge. People are as concerned, or more concerned, about the rising price of gas and groceries,” said Senator Christopher Coons.

WHEAT AND OIL PRICES HAVE JUMPED

“I’m not sure the unity will last. We may not get the next vote,” said Eric Cantor, former House Whip and a key figure in the sanctions policy against Iran.

Nobody is sure whether the US is trying to punish Russia for its aggression or whether the goal is a subtler use of policy that gives the Kremlin a “route out of sanctions” if it changes course. The fundamental divisions over the West’s war aims in Ukraine have so far been masked by an outpouring of solidarity and emotion, but these rifts are coming to the fore.

President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered his usual tour de force in a video address to the forum, saying “this is the year when we learn whether brute force will rule the world”. If it does, he added with his trademark touch, there will be no point in any more World Economic Forums in Davos.

Yet he also said Russia should be shut out of the civilised world entirely, and that all trade should stop until Russian forces are driven from Ukraine. “Sanctions should be maximum, so that Russia and every other potential aggressor that wants to wage a brutal war against its neighbour would clearly know the immediate consequences of their actions,” he said.

It is doubtful whether the West can maintain a united front in pursuit of such far-reaching war aims with absolutist aims. Mr Cantor said it would require secondary sanctions against other countries, putting the West in a head on clash with China, India, and almost 60 states that refused to back a UN resolution denouncing Russia’s invasion.

India’s energy minister Shri Hardeep Puri brushed aside suggestions that his country should stop buying Russian oil. “The Europeans buy more Russian energy in an afternoon than we do in a quarter,” he said in Davos.

Mr Cantor said the US was in danger of overplaying its hand. “We have got to have multilateral support. We are already being accused of weaponising the world’s reserve currency. Even allies and friends are starting to ask, if you are using it in this way, we too could one day be subject to these sanctions,” he said.

The US Congress is split on the ultimate war aim. Senator Joe Manchin said the US should keep going until there was a clear “win” that restored all of Ukraine’s territory and led to the toppling of Vladimir Putin but other members of the Congressional delegation in Davos want a negotiated outcome.

Saudi Arabia and the Opec states have made it clear that they will not draw on their spare capacity to cover the lost Russian supply of oil, estimated at around one million barrels a day at the end of April. This makes it extremely hard to plug the gap if Europe cuts off purchases of Russian barrels.

Francisco Blanch from Bank of America said the oil market is now extremely tight. “The energy buffer is nearing a vanishing point. Crude oil inventories are down to a dangerously low point across Europe, North America, and OECD Asia. Inventories have also fallen to precarious levels for middle distillates and even gasoline as the market heads into the peak of the US driving season,” he said.

Unless there is a global recession and violent demand destruction, crude prices could soon spiral higher. “We’re not living in a dream world: we have to replace the lost oil with other oil,” said Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency.

Mr Birol said that the OECD bloc of rich states are releasing 1.5m barrels a day of oil to stabilise the market, and have so far depleted 9pc of their stocks. This is before the European embargo against Russia even begins. “This winter in Europe will be tough,” he said.

11 comments

  1. Two dangerous old bastards are acting as influencers for putler : 98 year old putler jackboot licker Kissinger and 93 year old putler jackboot licker Noam Chomsky. The former allegedly a Republican and the latter a communist-anarchist, are united. The Karlson/Taylor-Greene/Trump/Paul axis are speaking the same language as communists like Chomsky, Sanders, Corbyn, Galloway etc.
    The allegedly liberal Macron is of the same view: give land to a murder gang that presides over a gigantic satanic empire built on invasion, occupation, genocide, race replacement and theft.

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      • This is what that evil motherfucker said when putler invaded :

        Trump called Putin “smart” in a radio interview with “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” on Tuesday, after the Russian president gave a speech that laid out his justification for Russia’s move into Ukraine. “I said, ‘This is genius.’ Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine of Ukraine. Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that’s wonderful. So Putin is now saying it’s independent, a large section of Ukraine. I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s going to go in and be a peacekeeper.”

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    • In all honesty boys the issue isn’t Trump Biden Obama Bush or any US other politician. Cameron failed us as well. Where were they in 2014??? They’re all scum bags with narcissistic power hungry attitudes. I mean all of them. Yes Trump has a big mouth and he can’t forget that he is no longer a real estate developer in New York where such rhetoric is acceptable. Equally the other politicians are power hungry assholes. Yes Trump provided weapons to Ukraine that other politicians didn’t. He was also the asshole who began to negotiate leaving Afghanistan to the very enemy we were fighting. I don’t know what is on the minds of these politicians. I know he humiliated the North Korean idiot but then met with him. I can only see the present. Since the invasion Trump has not extolled Putin but his earlier comments were hurtful.

      My issue now is how do WE continue to pressure the west into understanding the genocide that are occurring now under the very noses of those looking for appeasement. You guys have been great in posting articles that are current and germane the issues at hand. I can say for my part I spend several hours a day writing the very political assholes I hate (without the vulgarity). Outside of picking up a gun and getting my ass to the front lines not much else I can do.

      For my part thank you to everyone who spend hours keeping the rest of us informed.

      The only thing I’m looking forward to is the commitment that we all made that after this crap is over, we meet in Odessa and share a lot of beers, wine, vodka and any other liquids that will get us inebriated…

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      • Why do you single out Cameron? How many leaders did more than him when Crimea was taken?
        As for Trump, he’s in a category of his own. He actually congratulated putler on the start of his genocide. Not even Lukashenka did that.

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          • I am always critical of the failure of the Budapest signatories; then and now. But the fact remains that they have still both done far, far more than anyone else and in the context of that time in history, Cameron acquitted himself well. At least compared to everyone else.
            The villains of 2014, then as now, were France and Germany.

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  2. Selected comments from Telegraph readers:

    Charlie Logan
    “You know when Kissinger proposes something, that’s when you should do the precise opposite. What a despicable and cowardly proposal. This is not how you treat a belligerent nation – by telegraphing to them that if they want to annex territory illegally, they ought to simply use lethal military force. And the world’s preeminent superpower will fight for their land grab 🤦‍♂️
    The brave and honest Ukrainians are precisely the antithesis to what men like Kissinger stand for.”

    Another Reader
    “Kissinger is wrong.
    Appeasing Putin by rewarding him with Ukrainian land will only embolden him to make further grabs.
    Appeasement didn’t work with Hitler and it won’t work with Putin.
    The best hope for Russia is the realisation that Putin has led them to catastrophe and the need to remove him.”

    John Huddlestone
    “My knee-jerk reaction is that Russia should give land to Ukraine as well as provide free oil and gas until the terrible damage to Ukraine is corrected. However my thoughts are all pie in the sky, just like Mr Kissinger.”

    Mark Lucas
    “The Western democracies have a unique opportunity to lance this Russian boil and drain the world of the pus of Russia’s evil military aggression once and for all.
    This will take much time, money and determination. There maybe even a putsch against Putin, maybe a Russian civil war, but it must be done and fully done to finally rid the world of this curse.
    Henry, now is not the time for appeasement!”

    Richard Tennant
    “Kissinger used to meet Putin every year for talks. He doesn’t want to see his buddy get his butt kicked. How about Russia gives Ukraine some territory to compensate for all the destruction, death & misery they’ve caused?”

    Christopher Miles
    “So if Russia invaded Alaska, Mr. Kissinger would recommend giving him some territory would he?”

    Ronald Ray-Gun
    “The US would never, ever cede territory in this way. We should not dictate that other sovereign countries so the same. It’s the same type of hypocrisy as Nancy Pelosi whining about the UK ripping up the Northern Ireland Protocol. Like the US would ever accept other nations demanding it have custom checks on goods from the mainland to Hawaii. The problem with most US politicians is they are completely out of touch with the real world.”

    Nicholas mills
    “The false narrative that the Russians and her trolls sowed was that Ukraine would be willing to accept the arms of Russia. three months on clearly demonstrates that was not the case.
    A independent Ukraine is good for Europe. A free Russia without the totalitarian government would be good for the world. Time Russia came in from the cold and joined the west.
    Russia’s influence is waning. It economic resources could be a big advantage to them if they gave up the totalitarian government and joined the west. That’s the prize on offer to Russia now.”

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  3. “…proper place of Russia in the European balance of power.”

    WTH is this? Why would “Moscow” need to have power in Europe? Europe can’t do it themselves? Perhaps Mr. Kissinger needs to remember Europe is a democracy, Moskovia is an Autocracy. They don’t mix and they certainly don’t share power. Besides that, Moskovia is just a fucking mafia gas station.

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  4. I just don’t understand how ANYONE can possible get into appeasement given the genocide, torture, rape indiscriminate death this scum sucker and his cockroaches are doing? Do they see what is going on? Are all these travesties only seen on this site? I just don’t get it. Where is the uproar????

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    • People have become lazy and don’t want to face problems. Their attitude has become, “Let the government do it!” That is why when the “Beast” comes on the scene, he will tell people he has all the solutions and as long as he lets them go about their business in prosperity, people will follow him. There is no uproar because people simply want to be left alone. We saw where that led in 1939, but as one wag said “The only thing we learn from history is that no one learns from history.”

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