Former US Ambassador to the Soviet Union: Ukraine’s NATO Collusion Caused the Russia Conflict
Former US ambassador to the Soviet Union, Jack Matlock has admitted that Ukraine’s own actions brought about their own peril with regards to Russia.
“The war might have been prevented – probably would have been prevented – if Ukraine had been willing to abide by the Minsk agreement, recognize the Donbas as an autonomous entity within Ukraine, avoid NATO military advisors, and pledge not to enter NATO,” Matlock said.
“Nevertheless, what was possible even as late as January 2022 may not be possible now. The Russian annexation of additional territory raises the stakes. But the longer the war continues the harder it is going to be to avoid the utter destruction of Ukraine,” he added.
The full quote, posted by The Grayzone’s Aaron Mate on Twitter, can be seen here:
Fmr. US ambassador to the Soviet Union, Jack Matlock: “if Ukraine had been willing to abide by the Minsk agreement, recognize the Donbas as an autonomous entity within Ukraine, avoid NATO military advisors, and pledge not to enter NATO,” war “probably would have been prevented.” pic.twitter.com/F4zDDzEPeX
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) October 17, 2022
Matlock, who helped negotiate an end to the Cold War, penned an op/ed calling for the U.S. to adopt a less aggressive stance against Russia and promote peace between the Russians and the Ukrainians.
“The only practical way to stop the actual fighting would be to agree on a ceasefire. This is difficult for the Ukrainians since they are liberating some of the occupied territories, but the reality is that if the war continues Russia is capable of damaging Ukraine more than Ukraine can damage Russia without risking a wider war,” Matlock said.
“As principal arms supplier to Ukraine, the U.S. should encourage the Ukrainians to agree to a ceasefire. As the sponsor of the most punitive sanctions on Russia, the U.S. should use its leverage to induce Russia to agree to genuine negotiations during a ceasefire,” he continued.
“Negotiations must be conducted in private to be successful, which would require a revival of U.S.-Russia diplomacy. Over the past few years, tit-for-tat expulsions have reduced both countries to skeleton diplomatic staffs. Nevertheless, if there is a will to talk and negotiate, ways can be found. So far, it is the will that seems to be lacking,” Matlock added.
Matlock has been an opponent of NATO expansion, warning since the outset of the conflict that Western globalist imperialism regarding Ukraine initiated hostilities.
“Since Putin’s major demand is an assurance that NATO will take no further members, and specifically not Ukraine or Georgia, obviously there would have been no basis for the present crisis if there had been no expansion of the alliance following the end of the Cold War, or if the expansion had occurred in harmony with building a security structure in Europe that included Russia,” Matlock wrote in February, adding that “NATO expansion was the most profound strategic blunder made since the end of the Cold War.”
Unfortunately for the Ukrainian people, the conflict is not likely to end any time soon because gay-dancing dwarf Volodymyr Zelensky is willing to say anything the military-industrial complex prepares for him to read on a script in front of a green screen. This worthless coward would gleefully sacrifice all his countrymen to keep the lines of blow coming.