President of Ukraine

A proper end to the war in Ukraine is important for Europe, because a temporary truce will mean a new escalation on the part of the Russian Federation in the future - Mykhailo Podolyak

25 August 2022 - 11:24

The negotiation process with Russia to end the war is now disadvantageous for both Ukraine and Europe, as any temporary truce would mean continued aggression by the Russian Federation in the future. Mykhailo Podolyak, Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, stated this in an interview with Bild.

"Today's negotiation process will seal a temporary truce in a war that will not end. Accordingly, the Russian Federation will consider this a victory and will continue to claim to advance its expansionist policy. Therefore, the truce now will only mean the next stage of the war after a certain time," he noted.

Mykhailo Podolyak also noted that in the event of such an incomplete end to the war, many of our citizens will not risk returning to Ukraine, and investments will not come.

"This will be a growing gray area that will constantly put pressure on Europe. Europe will be forced to constantly invest large amounts of money here in order to somehow maintain this territory in a viable state. This is not beneficial for Europe in the medium and long term," says the Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

According to him, the negotiation process is not in the interests of Germany and other EU countries today, as it will provoke Russia to more daring behavior in the economic, political and diplomatic terms.

Mykhailo Podolyak noted that the quality of life is significantly reduced in Ukraine due to the war, and a certain deterioration will also be observed in Europe.

"But this is the price for such an intense war, unprecedented since World War II. And this war needs to be ended properly if you don't want to pay all the time," he emphasized.

It will be possible to start talks about negotiations with the aggressor state only when the last hope of the Russian Federation to defeat Ukraine by military means collapses, the Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President is convinced.

"Only after Russia realizes that it can no longer wage war," he concluded.