Kostyantyn Yelisieiev, Deputy head of the administration of the president of Ukraine, in his article for Wall Street Journal expressed his opinion concerning Victor Pinchuk’s appeal to negotiate with Russia. Pinchuk’s vision of the problem was published in the article “Ukraine Must Make Painful Compromises for Peace With Russia” for WSJ.
Yelisieiev agreed with his noble appeal for peace in Donbas (eastern Ukraine) but opposed to the appeal for compromises based on worries.
Fear and weakness are bad advisers. They play into Russia’s appetites, invite even more aggression and greater human suffering.
That’s why Ukraine has always advocated a solution based on the national interests and the will of Ukrainians who wish their country to be independent and prosperous, and their choices free of aggressive dictate.
Let us be clear about red lines that no one in Ukraine would dare to cross—not now, nor in the future:
No reversal in European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine. This would be a surrender of independence, sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine. It would be like a return to the Soviet past in Ukraine—something, even Mr. Pinchuk wouldn’t welcome. Renouncing European integration would be political suicide for every politician in Ukraine who would dare call for such a dramatic reversal, especially after the Revolution of Dignity and its demand for modernization and reform.