Mykhailo Podolyak: negotiations with Russia are not beneficial to either Ukraine or Europe
The negotiation process with Russia to end the war is now disadvantageous for both Ukraine and Europe, as any temporary truce would mean continued aggression by the Russian Federation in the future. Mykhailo Podolyak, the adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, stated this in an interview with the German newspaper Bild.
"Today's negotiation process will seal a temporary truce in a war that will not end. Accordingly, the Russian Federation will consider this a victory and will continue to claim to advance its expansionist policy. Therefore, the truce now will only mean the next stage of the war after a certain time," he noted.
Mykhailo Podolyak also noted that in the event of such an incomplete end to the war, many of our citizens would not risk returning to Ukraine, and investments would not come.
"This will be a growing gray area constantly putting pressure on Europe. Europe will be forced to constantly invest large amounts of money here to maintain this territory in a viable state somehow. This is not beneficial for Europe in the medium and long term," says the adviser to the head of the President's Office.
According to him, the negotiation process is not profitable for Germany and other EU countries today, as it will provoke Russia to more daring behavior in economic, political, and diplomatic terms.
Mykhailo Podolyak noted that the quality of life is significantly reduced in Ukraine due to the war, and a certain deterioration will also be observed in Europe.
"But this is the price for such an intense war, which has not been seen since the Second World War. And this war needs to be ended properly if you don't want to pay all the time," he emphasized.
It will be possible to start talks about negotiations with the aggressor state only when the collapse of the last hope of the Russian Federation to press Ukraine by military means, the advisor of the head of the Office of the Head of the State is convinced.
"Only after Russia realizes it can no longer wage war," he concluded.