Former Ukrainian Diplomat Volker to Newsmax: Ukrainian Invasion 'Costly Endeavor' For Russia (Newsmax/"American Agenda")
By Charles Kim | Friday, 28 January 2022 05:12 PM
Former Ukrainian diplomat Kurt Volker told Newsmax on Friday that it would be a "costly endeavor" for Russia to invade and try and take over the Ukraine.
"The Ukrainian president does not want to appear weak or show weakness to the Ukrainian people. He needs to show strength and resolve," Volker said on "American Agenda." "I also think that he's right that Russia would not be able to take over the entire country and defeat Ukraine and reoccupy the whole thing. It would be too much for Russia to do that. I agreed that a Russian attack against Ukraine is likely, but I also believe that Ukraine has a lot of strength and resilience and will make that a very costly endeavor for Russia."
Volker, who served as ambassador to NATO, and a voluntary special representative for Ukraine under the administration of former President Donald Trump, said Russian President Vladimir Putin has been very clear on what he wants as he masses an estimated 100,000 troops along the Russian-Ukrainian border.
"Putin has actually said what he wants, which is he wants to restrict Ukraine's sovereignty and be sure that they can never become a member of NATO," Volker said. "[He wants to] see NATO military equipment rolled back away from central and east European states that have long become members of NATO. He also has seized Crimea already illegally from Ukraine, and he would like to connect that territory of Crimea directly to the Russian mainland by land. So, I think he has a lot of objectives in mind, and he's been pretty clear about them."
He also said that the Ukrainian government is worried that this tension-filled international situation could lead to decisions being made by Russia and the United States without them being consulted, even though they are the nation facing invasion and ground zero for the crisis.
In a post on Twitter, Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that he wants to make sure Ukraine is in the loop with both the United States and Russia before any agreement is reached.
"We had seen the written response of the U.S. before it was handed over to Russia," his post read. "No objections on the Ukrainian side. Important that the U.S. remains in close contact with Ukraine before and after all contacts with Russia. No decisions on Ukraine without Ukraine. Golden rule."
Volker agreed that the needs of Ukraine must be considered during this time.
"We are talking about 40 million people, a sovereign state," Volker said. "It's their country, not ours. We want to help them, but we should be putting their interests upfront and talking to them first."
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