Kissinger: The war in Ukraine is approaching a turning point and expected peace negotiations mediated by China at the end of the year
Former US Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger said that the Russian-Ukrainian war is approaching a turning point.
In an interview with CBS News, Kissinger expected “negotiations to take place by the end of the year thanks to China’s recent efforts”.
Kissinger’s comments come after several rounds of peace talks between Ukraine and Russia in the early months of the conflict, in which neither side seemed willing to return to the negotiating table.
Negotiations took place between Moscow and Kiev after the Russian military operation in Ukraine to end it.
The foreign ministers of the two countries also met last March in Türkiye without reaching substantial results.
Since the negotiations faltered, the two sides exchanged accusations of causing this stalemate.
However, according to News Week magazine, Beijing is trying to reignite the talks between Kiev and Moscow with a 12-point position paper published on the first anniversary of the war, along with a call for a cease-fire.
The News Week added that this Chinese plan would leave Russian forces in the territory they had seized in Ukraine, and put an end to any sanctions not approved by the United Nations Security Council.
In the context, Kissinger said, “Now that China has entered into negotiations, I think it will reach its climax by the end of the year,” adding that “the talk after that will be about negotiation processes and even actual negotiations”.
It’s noteworthy that Beijing called for the cessation of military operations in Ukraine, the start of a negotiation process, and the resumption of direct dialogue as soon as possible.
In a statement coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine last February, the Chinese Foreign Ministry considered that “it is necessary to stop the fire and military operations,” calling on “all parties to maintain rationality and restraint and avoid further aggravation of the Ukrainian crisis or even get out of control”.
Later, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, during the latter’s visit to Moscow, Russia’s openness to the negotiating process regarding Ukraine, after he was briefed on the Chinese plan, praising Beijing’s balanced position on this issue.