Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said he never advocated the need for a “territorial transition” from Ukraine to Russia to normalize their relations.
Earlier, Kissinger, in a speech before the World Economic Forum in Davos, called on the West to influence Ukraine in order to resume negotiations with Russia.
Kissinger said in an interview with Time magazine on Monday: “I never talked about these (regional concessions). I said that the best dividing line for a ceasefire is the old status quo.”
According to Kissinger, Russia must return to Ukraine “15% of the territory” that belonged to Kyiv before the start of the special operation on February 24, before a “real” ceasefire can be reached between the two sides.
At the same time, Kissinger described part of the Donbass and Crimea as “disputed territories”, explaining that territorial disagreements in any negotiations must be considered separately.
He noted that Crimea, in particular, is important for Russia “outside the current crisis.”
He stressed that the conflict should not turn “from a war for the freedom of Ukraine into a war for the future of Russia.”