Secret Talks Held to Lay Groundwork for Ukraine Peace Negotiations: A Delicate Balancing Act

This article reports on secret talks held between a group of former senior U.S. national security officials and prominent Russians, including Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov, to lay the groundwork for potential negotiations to end the war in Ukraine. The discussions, known as “Track Two diplomacy,” involve private citizens and academics rather than government officials.

The former U.S. officials involved briefed the White House National Security Council after meeting with Lavrov. The talks focused on issues such as the fate of Russian-held territory in Ukraine and the search for a diplomatic solution acceptable to both sides. The discussions have taken place with the knowledge but not the direction of the Biden administration.

However, some concerns engaging in Track Two negotiations without the presence of Ukrainian representatives may undermine Ukraine’s leverage and the Biden administration’s commitment to ensuring Ukraine’s future is not decided through backroom deals.

The article also mentions signs that the U.S. and its allies are eager for peace talks between Russia and Ukraine in the coming months.

The peace talks between Russia and Ukraine are at a critical juncture. Ukraine is determined to protect its rights and seeks closer ties with the West and NATO.

Russia, on the other hand, is unwilling to back down without guarantees that NATO will not enter Ukraine. The issue of Ukraine joining the European Union remains Ukraine’s concern.

However, it is important to note that NATO has no intentions of annexing Ukraine. The possibility of Ukraine joining NATO depends on Russia’s willingness to accept a significant loss.
This raises the question of what price Russia is prepared to pay, which, in my opinion, would leave Ukraine with nothing.
It seems unlikely that Europe is ready to accept such a high price for Ukraine, given that there is nothing in Ukraine that justifies such a magnitude of sacrifice.



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