can’t defeat Russia – EU state’s PM 

38 can’t defeat Russia – EU state’s PM 

Regardless of all the Western help, Kiev lacks the facility to reverse the scenario militarily, Slovakia’s Robert Fico believes

No quantity of Western weapons pumped into Ukraine shall be sufficient to safe a victory over Russia, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has stated, including that which means the battle has no army answer.  

In an interview with the native Pravda newspaper on Friday, Fico – a vocal critic of sending arms to Kiev – urged that whereas the West was making an attempt its finest to make use of Ukraine to “destroy” Russia each economically and militarily, this strategy was doomed from the very begin.  

“This plan can by no means work, it’s an absolute misunderstanding of actuality and the true place of the Russian Federation,” he famous, recalling that Moscow has gained extra territory than Ukraine this yr, even regardless of the latter’s ill-fated counteroffensive.   

In line with Fico, whereas Western sanctions are definitely disagreeable for Moscow, it will be a mistake to suppose that “a Russian citizen is thrashing his head towards the wall as a result of he can not purchase an American telephone” as he can merely purchase a Chinese language one.  

In the case of the battlefield scenario, the West ought to actually admit that “Ukraine doesn’t have sufficient forces to militarily reverse the scenario,” in line with the premier.  

We will pour all of the weapons of the world, all the cash there, and Russia won’t ever be defeated militarily. It’s the flip of 2023 and 2024, and you will notice that Russia will start to dictate the phrases of settlement of this battle.

In the meantime, Fico recalled that Ukraine had an opportunity to finish the battle in its early levels by signing an settlement with Russia however walked away from the negotiation course of after receiving guarantees of help from the West.  


This previous June, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that within the spring of 2022 Moscow and Kiev drew up a peace treaty by which Ukraine had dedicated to a impartial standing. David Arakhamia, a Ukrainian MP who led Kiev’s delegation on the talks, later confirmed that this was one in every of Russia’s key calls for. He additionally stated that Ukraine broke off the engagement after then-UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson dissuaded it from taking the deal.  

A number of months after the talks collapsed, 4 former Ukrainian areas overwhelmingly voted to hitch Russia in public referendums, with President Vladimir Zelensky later barring negotiations with Moscow. Russia, nonetheless, maintains it’s open to engagement with Kiev.  

As issues at the moment stand, “solely a naive individual” might think about that Russia would ponder leaving its new territories, Fico concluded.

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