MOSCOW, November 22. /TASS/. Western politicians need to realize that calls for peace and attempts to flood Ukraine with weapons are contradictory, Deputy Speaker of Russia’s Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) Konstantin Kosachev said, commenting on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s remarks about plans to increase military supplies to Kiev in order to achieve peace.
Stoltenberg stated in an address to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Madrid on Monday that the bloc sought a peace agreement acceptable for Ukraine so it needed to continue providing military supplies to Kiev.
"Sometimes it is even hard to believe that these contradictory ideas are spawned in the same heads," Kosachev wrote on Telegram on Tuesday. "It’s time for obsessed Western politicians to realize that calls for peace and an end to the bloodshed and a desire to flood Ukraine with more weapons are mutually exclusive and contradictory. Causing more death in a bid to ensure peace is definitely not what will bring the parties closer to talks," he insisted.
Kosachev slammed Stoltenberg’s remark about a "solution acceptable for Ukraine" as "a very dangerous disclaimer." "More and more politicians and experts in NATO countries are pointing out that the interests and goals of Kiev and the bloc’s member states are not the same on this point. NATO’s direct involvement in the conflict would be acceptable, or rather, vital personally for [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky and his close circle (but not for Ukraine), which could be achieved through Ukraine’s immediate NATO membership, the establishment of a no-fly zone and other steps like those," the Federation Council deputy speaker noted.
According to him, if Stoltenberg supports this logic, he is not just acting against the interests of NATO countries’ citizens "but he is also condoning the crazy logic of Ukrainian opportunists who are currently choosing between World War III and punishment from local Nazis in case there is a compromise with Russia." It seems they find the first scenario more attractive. The question is also to what extent people in the West have given a mandate to Brussels to drag them into a conflict with a nuclear power. For some reason, less significant issues are resolved through voting, while a matter of life and death has been handed over to a few unelected Russia-hating officials," Kosachev emphasized.