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OpinionNo deal at G20 summit. Putin to continue messing with world

Discussion of Russian aggression in Ukraine at the G20 summit in Hamburg was announced well in advance, both by the White House, the Elysee Palace, the office of the Federal Chancellor of Germany, and the Kremlin. After a long pause, the Russian-Ukrainian war was finally brought to the highest world level of discussion.

However, the result close to zero, as expected. That’s besides formal statements on the need to continue to negotiate in the Normandy format and along the line of Vladislav Surkov - Kurt Volker (a newly appointed U.S. Special Envoy for the Ukraine conflict).

Western leaders were practically silent about the results of the latest talks, confining themselves to diplomatic streamlined phrases. In his rather emotional address, Putin made it clear that there were still no prerequisites for the Ukraine settlement. His words say only one thing. Unsuccessful attempts to destroy the Ukrainian state will continue. To cover Russia’s crimes, every Putin's propaganda outlet will continue the chatter of "brotherhood," "common history," and "unity." The only goal is to weaken Ukraine from within and seize it, and if not, simply destroy the country. The way it will go has already been demonstrated in the cradle of the "Russian world" in the occupied part of Donbas for more than three years already.

Western leaders were practically silent about the results of the latest talks, confining themselves to diplomatic streamlined phrases. In his rather emotional address, Putin made it clear that there were still no prerequisites for the Ukraine settlement

Responding to a question about the settlement of the conflict in Luhansk and Donetsk regions, Putin announced that "the interests of Russia and Ukraine, the interests of the Russian and Ukrainian peoples" coincide, in contrast to interests of Ukraine’s leadership. However, no matter what he says, the Ukrainian leaders have not come from space and not even from the U.S. State Department. The president, parliament, and local authorities are elected by the Ukrainians. Putin is dissatisfied with this fact as he seeks that his minions be appointed to the highest offices as they have in the occupied Crimea and Donbas. The scheme is primitive: local collaborators on TV, while real powers – in the hands of supervisors from Moscow.

Judging by the Hamburg address, the lure will remain the same as before: "Soviet times" and the joys of "unified economies." Putin seems not to take into account the fact that over the past 25 years of independence a new generation has grown up in Ukraine, which is sick of such offers. Moreover, these "tempting proposals" are nothing more than lies. Ukraine and Russia have long ceased to have any cooperation, while the Russians began to refuse such cooperation long before the war. In the first twenty post-Soviet years, no large-scale projects have been implemented in aviation, shipbuilding, or space industry. None. For a long time, there has been no unified infrastructure, energy grid, and transport. It is enough to mention those gas pipelines constructed and planned for implementation, bypassing Ukraine. These projects are pushed with perseverance of the maniac.

While earlier Putin talked about "one people" and later - "about fraternal peoples," now the wording is different. Now it’s "the interests of the Russian and Ukrainian peoples." It remains to win back the right to be called "neighboring peoples."

Putin complains that Ukraine is trading "Russophobia and the policies toward dividing Russia and Ukraine." A strange statement, indeed. The president of Russia personally decided to seize Crimea, prayed for Novorossia, and unleashed a war in Donbas. In Russia, they talk a lot about spiritual bonds but their role in bilateral relations is played by the Russian invaders. Most often, it’s "an unknown soldier" and when they are drawn to the light, they have a specific name and place of residence. For example, special forces operative Viktor Ageyev from the Altai Territory. It’s people like him who came to Ukraine to fight for the "division" of Russia and Ukraine, by killing Ukrainians and trying to destroy the neighboring country.

The power in Ukraine does not come from God. The president is elected not for decades, as in the Russian Federation. Therefore, strange are the Kremlin hopes that Ukrainians will vote for "pro-Russian figures" amid war.

However, the mutation in the perception of what is happening is visible even in the Kremlin. While earlier Putin talked about "one people" and later - "about fraternal peoples," now the wording is different. Now it’s "the interests of the Russian and Ukrainian peoples." It remains to win back the right to be called "neighboring peoples." This will mean that Moscow has finally understood: Ukraine is a separate country with its own interests.

Roman Tsymbaliuk, Moscow

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