Understanding tools and goals of aggressive Putin’s diplomacy toward Ukraine

Petro Burkovskiy, analyst at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, has analysed what you need to know about the tools and goals of aggressive Putin’s diplomacy toward Ukraine.

Russian leadership does not believe in the rule of international law. Putin uses different diplomatic schemes and tools to divide and intimidate opponents, create short-term opportunities for domination and justification for use of force. If the western governments do not close their eyes to these facts and enforce Ukrainian defense and resilience, then the perspectives of peace in Europe can be saved and Ukraine will have a chance to end this war sooner than later.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine leaders of France, Germany, Israel, and Turkey were at pains to facilitate talks between Moscow and Kyiv about terms of peace. While president Zelenskyy welcomed these efforts and showed commitment to peace talks, president Putin took an ambiguous position. Domestically, he reiterated his intention to continue the war regardless to defeat near Kyiv and numerous war crimes.

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