Russia and Ukraine had been willing to make peace, but the final deal was not signed after Kiev refused to do so at the urging of Washington, according to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Speaking with national Radio Kossuth, Orban concurred with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, stating that it was the US that sabotaged the Istanbul peace talks in March 2022. Orban expressed that this information is well-known in the world of diplomacy, supported by reports and intelligence sources which suggest that there was almost an agreement in Istanbul in 2022. However, the Ukrainians did not sign the agreement, allegedly due to instructions from the US.
During an interview last month, Schroeder mentioned that the Ukrainians were not permitted to make peace without the approval of the Americans. Additionally, Orban highlighted that Europe attempted to contain the Ukraine conflict, such as through the Minsk agreements. However, since the Americans got involved, the conflict has expanded, resulting in an increase in weapons, money, and people participating, ultimately globalizing the conflict.
Following the Turkish-hosted talks, there has been an escalation of violence between Russia and Kiev. Ukraine has refused any negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and has set out demands that the Kremlin regards as unreasonable. Since then, reports have emerged that Boris Johnson, who was the British prime minister at the time, acted as a messenger for the West when he visited Kiev by surprise. Johnson allegedly conveyed that there could be no negotiations with Putin and that even if Ukraine wanted to sign some kind of agreement with Russia, the West would not approve of it. However, within two months of that visit, Johnson lost his premiership and later his seat in the House of Commons, connected to a scandal related to Covid-19 lockdowns. Later, Johnson was hired by the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), a Washington-based think tank funded by the US government, NATO, and Western military contractors, due to his “commitment to Ukraine’s victory.”
These actions on the part of the US and the West have soured the peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, escalating the conflict and resulting in a worsening of relations between the involved parties. Therefore, achieving peace has become increasingly difficult, impacting the lives of the citizens and making the situation even more precarious. The negative impact of these actions by the West needs to be acknowledged and addressed to help restore stability in the region.