Tuesday 24 May 2022 02:22 AM Henry Kissinger tells global elite gathered at Davos that Ukraine should give ... trends now

Tuesday 24 May 2022 02:22 AM Henry Kissinger tells global elite gathered at Davos that Ukraine should give ... trends now
Tuesday 24 May 2022 02:22 AM Henry Kissinger tells global elite gathered at Davos that Ukraine should give ... trends now

Tuesday 24 May 2022 02:22 AM Henry Kissinger tells global elite gathered at Davos that Ukraine should give ... trends now

Henry Kissinger has said that the West should stop trying to inflict a crushing defeat on Russia and suggested that Ukraine should give up territory.

Former US secretary of state Mr Kissinger, 98, told the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland that Ukraine must begin negotiations 'before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome'.

'Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante. Pursuing the war beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself,' he told the conference on Monday.

It came as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a powerful speech to open this week's Davos summit in Switzerland that brute force will once again rule the world if Russia's invasion of Ukraine is allowed to go unanswered.

He told delegates that their summit will become pointless if Putin is allowed to win the war because he is 'not interested in our thoughts' and 'brute force... does not talk, it kills.'

But Mr Kissinger said it would be 'fatal' for the West to get swept up in the 'mood of the moment' and forget Russia's position of power within Europe.

The former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger (pictured on the screen) told the global elite that Ukraine should give Russia territory within the next two months and accept terms that fail to meet their current war aims

The former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger (pictured on the screen) told the global elite that Ukraine should give Russia territory within the next two months and accept terms that fail to meet their current war aims

Mr Kissinger, 98, told the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland that Ukraine must begin negotiations 'before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome'. Kissinger, pictured with Vladimir Putin in March 2009

Mr Kissinger, 98, told the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland that Ukraine must begin negotiations 'before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome'. Kissinger, pictured with Vladimir Putin in March 2009

According to The Telegraph, he explained that Russia was an 'essential part of Europe' for over four centuries, noting that European leaders must 'not lose sight of the longer term relationship' or otherwise risk putting Russia in a permanent alliance with China.

He also said: 'I hope the Ukrainians will match the heroism they have shown with wisdom.' 

Volodymyr Zelensky told the meeting that brute force will once again rule the world if Russia's invasion of Ukraine is allowed to go unanswered in a powerful speech to open this week's Davos summit in Switzerland.

The Ukrainian President told delegates that their summit will become pointless if Putin is allowed to win the war because he is 'not interested in our thoughts' and 'brute force... does not talk, it kills.'

Zelensky's speech came at the start of four days of talks during which Ukraine is expected to launch a global charm offensive in order to secure economic and military backing to ensure its survival.

Volodymyr Zelensky told Davos (pictured) that brute force will once again rule the world if Russia's invasion of Ukraine is allowed to go unanswered in a powerful speech to open this week's Davos summit in Switzerland

Volodymyr Zelensky told Davos (pictured) that brute force will once again rule the world if Russia's invasion of Ukraine is allowed to go unanswered in a powerful speech to open this week's Davos summit in Switzerland

Russia will not be at the Davos meeting this year after organisers banned Moscow from sending a delegation in just the latest signal of how isolated Putin has become on the world stage.

'The main theme for this year's Davos [summit] is: 'History at a Turning Point'', Zelensky told a packed auditorium on Monday morning.

'This year, the words 'turning point' are more than a rhetorical talking point. This year is really the year when it is decided whether brute force will rule the world.

'If so, the powerful are not interested in our thoughts and there is no further use for meeting in Davos.

'Brute force seeks nothing but the subjugation of those who it seeks to subdue and it does not talk, it kills, as Russia does in Ukraine just as we speak today.

Recalling the horrors of Russia's invasion to date, Zelesnky added: 'Instead of peaceful cities there are only black ruins, instead of normal trade [there are] seas full of mines and blocked

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