The Collective West Used Minsk Accords to Prep for War Against Russia

On February 17, 2023, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya declared that Western countries were using the Minsk agreements as a way for Ukraine to prepare for war against Russia. 

“I would like to ask our former Western partners, who, by force of habit, are now going to recite mantras about how Russia is to blame for everything, to look up from their paperwork and answer just one simple question. How is it that after repeating here year after year that you support the Minsk process, signing documents with us, you had your fingers crossed behind your back and knew perfectly well that for you the Minsk process was only a smokescreen to rearm the Kiev regime and prepare it for war against Russia for the sake of your own geopolitical interests?” he said during a Russian-organized meeting of the UN Security Council on the anniversary of the Minsk agreements.

“The recent revelations of [French ex-President] Francois Hollande, [German ex-Chancellor] Angela Merkel and [former British PM] Boris Johnson leave no doubt that the West was only simulating the constructive process,” he said. “NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s statement that the alliance has been preparing for war with Russia exposes a plan for geopolitical containment and weakening of our country, which it is seeking to implement before our eyes.”

Per the Russian diplomat, the candid statements from Ukraine’s former and incumbent presidents, Pyotr Poroshenko and Volodymyr  Zelenskyy, say a lot about this “criminal scheme.” “The crime is obvious, the motive is clear. The method is to bog the international community down in absurd allegations that it is Russia, which, as you know, is not even mentioned in the Minsk agreements, that is not fulfilling them,” Nebenzya emphasized.

The Minsk Agreements refer to a set of international agreements signed in 2014 with the aim of ending the War in the Donbas. They were signed by Russia, Ukraine, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), with leaders from France and Germany mediating. 

Despite being designed to end this conflict theater, several statesmen such as former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former French President Francois Hollande admitted to not following the agreements and only used them to buy time so that Ukraine could rearm itself. 

In sum, the Collective West has not been acting in good faith. As a result, more bloodshed will occur as Russia recognizes that it can no longer negotiate and must pursue its military goals.

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