US, UK Sabotaged Potential Peace Deal Between Ukraine and Russia, Says Former UN Assistant Secretary General

A peace deal that could have seen the Ukraine war end soon after it began was abandoned owing to Western interference, according to a new report.
US, UK Sabotaged Potential Peace Deal Between Ukraine and Russia, Says Former UN Assistant Secretary General
A Ukrainian tank rolls on a road near Bakhmut, in the Donetsk region, on Nov. 30, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Anatoli Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images)
Stephen Katte

A former United Nations assistant secretary general has said that Russia and Ukraine were close to inking a peace deal soon after the invasion of Ukraine, but the United States, NATO, and other Western nations scuttled the deal.

According to a November report by Michael von der Schulenburg, a German diplomat who worked for the U.N. for over 34 years, only five weeks after the conflict began, Ukrainian and Russian negotiators came very close to an agreement for a ceasefire and a comprehensive peace solution.

Mr. Schulenburg said there is “little doubt” the peace negotiations failed owing to resistance from NATO, the United States, and the UK. NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance between 31 member states established in 1949 after World War II.

“The reason is that such a peace agreement would have been tantamount to a defeat for NATO, an end to NATO’s eastward expansion and thus an end to the dream of a unipolar world dominated by the USA,” Mr. Schulenburg claims.

“In contrast to today, President [Volodymyr] Zelensky and his government had made great efforts to negotiate peace with Russia and bring the war to a quick end.”

The Epoch Times has contacted the White House for comment.

Ukraine in Weaker Position if New Negotiations Opened

Mr. Schulenburg believes that even if a new peace deal were to be brokered today, Ukraine’s negotiating position would be “far worse than it was” in March of 2022 during the original peace talks. Despite its long-awaited counteroffensive against Russia and some territorial gains, Mr. Schulenburg thinks Ukraine will ultimately lose large parts of its territory.

Russia annexed parts of Ukraine’s territory in 2014, most notably Crimea, but the full-scale invasion of wider Ukraine on Feb. 24 saw them claim greater than 20 percent of the country. Ukraine has reclaimed some areas, but the ongoing conflict has seen military casualties on both sides skyrocket.

Civilians have also been caught in the firing line. Online data gathering platform Statista estimates that close to 10,000 civilians have been killed and more than 17,000 reported injured since hostilities began.

The cause of the war has been debated since the beginning with a wide range of theories. However, Mr. Schulenburg said that “contrary to Western interpretations,” which claim Russia’s invasion was sparked by other reasons, Ukraine and Russia had actually agreed on the cause of the war. Specifically, Ukraine’s potential induction into NATO and the military alliance’s expansion so close to Russia’s borders.

Mr. Schulenburg says the previous peace negotiations focused on Ukraine being neutral and declining NATO membership. In return, Russia would withdraw, leaving all occupied territories except Crimea.

“The failure of the peace negotiations in March 2022 led to dangerous intensification of the war that has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, especially young people, deeply traumatized a young generation and inflicted the most severe mental and physical wounds on them,” Mr. Schulenburg said.

Mr. Schulenburg stressed that by blocking peace negotiations, everyone has suffered, including Russia and Europe. Above all though, has been the Ukrainians themselves, who he said “are paying with their blood the price for the ambitions of the major powers and will probably get nothing in return.”

“Ukraine has been exposed to enormous destruction, internal displacements, and mass impoverishment. This is accompanied by a large-scale depopulation of the country,” Mr. Schulenburg said.

“Not only Russia, but also NATO and the West bear a heavy share of the blame for this disaster.”

According to Statista, the total war damage in Ukraine between February 2022 and February 2023 has surpassed $135 billion. The U.N. Refugee Agency estimates more than 6.2 million refugees from Ukraine have been recorded globally, and 17.6 million people require humanitarian assistance in 2023.
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