Nebenzya: West Responsible for Bloodshed if Putin's Peace Proposal Is Rejected

Nebenzya Demands Acknowledgment of Russian-Held Regions, NATO Ban for Ukraine

by Sededin Dedovic
Nebenzya: West Responsible for Bloodshed if Putin's Peace Proposal Is Rejected
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The West and the Kyiv authorities will bear political and moral responsibility for the continuation of bloodshed if they reject Russia's proposal to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, said Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya.

“If the West and Kyiv reject this peace proposal, the moral and political responsibility for the continuation of the bloodshed will be on them,” he said at a UN Security Council session on Ukraine convened at Russia's request, following decisions by some Western states to allow Kyiv to target Russian territory with foreign weapons.

He added that if Kyiv rejects the current proposal, the conditions for starting negotiations in the future will be different. Recall that Russian President Vladimir Putin presented a new proposal to Kyiv and the West yesterday for ending the conflict in Ukraine, which was rejected by Volodymyr Zelensky.

Nebenzya pointed out that Kyiv and its sponsors are demonstratively ignoring peace efforts to resolve the conflict and refuse to consider them. He said that Russia urges countries, whose leadership has a commonsense approach, not to trust the deceptive calls for a meeting on Ukraine in Switzerland.

Addressing the Security Council members, Nebenzya stated that Russia would respond to all the crimes committed by Kyiv, in which the West is also involved. “Western soldiers are practically manually operating the deployment of high-precision weapons in Ukraine, whether it’s British ‘Storm Shadow’ missiles, American ‘ATACMS’, or French ones, because Ukrainians cannot do it on their own,” Nebenzya added.

Putin Demands Recognition of Occupied Territories and Assurance Ukraine Won't Join NATO

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated yesterday that Ukraine must withdraw its troops from the entire territory of the new Russian regions for peace negotiations to begin.

During a meeting with the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Putin said that another condition for negotiations must be a declaration by Kyiv renouncing its intentions to join NATO, reports RIA Novosti. The Russian president noted that for negotiations to begin, Ukraine must withdraw its troops from the entire territory of the Luhansk People’s Republic, Donetsk People’s Republic, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia regions.

“I emphasize, from the entire territory of these regions within the administrative boundaries that existed at the time of their entry into Ukraine,” the Russian president said. He added that the fighting would cease immediately once the Kyiv authorities agree to this condition.

Ukraine immediately rejected the peace proposal of Russian President Vladimir Putin within hours. “There are no new peace proposals from Russia, and the Russian leadership has inadequately assessed reality,” said Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the Ukrainian president, on the social network X.

Earlier the same day, Putin said at a meeting with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow that Russia was giving Kyiv “another concrete and realistic peace proposal”.

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“If Kyiv and the Western capitals reject it as before, then it’s their matter, their political and moral responsibility for the continuation of the bloodshed,” said Putin.

Russia launched its invasion and aggression in Ukraine in February 2022, and the war appears to be entering a significant phase in recent months. Putin often mentioned that Ukraine must stop seeking NATO membership and that he would not allow NATO soldiers on Russia’s borders.

However, NATO last night approved a plan for long-term security assistance to Ukraine.

Then he strengthened "connections" with Ukraine

NATO defense ministers approved a plan to provide Ukraine with long-term security assistance and military training, following months of delays in Western aid in the form of money, weapons, and ammunition, which have helped Russian occupying forces gain initiative on the front.

Western allies of Kyiv mainly concentrate their efforts through the Ukraine Defense Contact Group managed by the Pentagon. This forum brings together about fifty countries and was created to strengthen the most necessary military assistance to Ukraine.

The new plan builds on the work of the Defense Contact Group, and according to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, after the meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, the coordination center for actions from this plan will be the U.S.

military base in Wiesbaden, Germany, with 700 staff members. The plan will help, as Stoltenberg said, to organize the training of Ukrainian military personnel in NATO member states, coordinate and plan the delivery of military aid that Kyiv needs, and manage the deliveries and repairs of that military material.

This new system of aiding Ukraine is described as a way to make NATO support for Ukraine “Trump-proof,” referring to fears that former U.S. President Donald Trump might return to office in November and cut off American support to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian army, whose ammunition supplies have thinned out, is trying to repel assaults from the more numerous Russian army, and Moscow seized the opportunity to launch an attack after both the U.S. and the European Union delayed sending aid for several months due to political disagreements.

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