“I think it’s a binary choice for Russia. Would it like to create another frozen conflict, occupied territory, like Abkhazia or South Ossetia or Transnistria, which as I said carries with it very high costs but it’s doable. If they want to, they will, but it’s a very high-cost enterprise,” Volker told a Washington briefing, according to VOA.
He also voiced an alternative option for Russia.
“And the alternative is for Russia to withdraw and facilitate a deployment of a UN peacekeeping force which creates peace for everybody and allows Minsk implementation to go forward. That would be the other scenario,” he said.
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“Certainly not from an international community position. I don’t think anyone wants a Cyprus solution – which is a – I don’t know how many years we’ve been peacekeeping in Cyprus now, and I don’t think Ukraine wants that,” Volker said.
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