Ukraine’s interests, not Putin’s reputation, should guide world’s approach to ending war: Bob Rae | CBC News


Canada and different nations shouldn’t be involved about offering Russian President Vladimir Putin with an off-ramp to avoid wasting face over the warfare in Ukraine, says Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations.

In an interview on Rosemary Barton Live airing Sunday, Bob Rae mentioned the worldwide group ought to as a substitute be specializing in supporting Ukraine and permitting it to prepared the ground in a doable decision to the warfare, nearly three months after Russia’s invasion on Feb. 24.

“This isn’t going to be settled by the world with out Ukraine. Ukraine is the nation that has to make the choices about how it may go ahead and the way it may struggle these battles. And it is lower than us to inform the Ukrainians what to do,” Rae instructed CBC chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton.

Rae mentioned it was improper for commentators within the West to consistently search for a approach for Putin to avoid wasting face.

“My view is President Putin must design his personal exit technique for his troops. He must get them out of Ukraine,” he mentioned.

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Chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton speaks with Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations, Bob Rae, concerning the UN’s dialogue on how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is inflicting meals insecurity across the globe — and the way Canada may help present reduction.

In latest weeks, Russia has shifted its technique in Ukraine. Whereas the preliminary invasion was broad and seemingly aimed toward capturing the capital Kyiv and forcing Ukraine’s give up, its new strategy is tightly centered on securing territory within the nation’s east and south, primarily within the areas round Crimea and separatist areas of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Whereas Ukrainian troops have pushed Russian forces away from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis, Russian forces have made sluggish progress within the Donbas space.

Rae mentioned it appeared that Russia’s aim is to chop Ukraine off from entry to the Black Sea, one thing that Ukraine couldn’t presumably settle for.

“No different nation has the appropriate to remove their territory, and no different nation has the appropriate to disclaim the truth of their existence,” he instructed Barton.

Different nations may eye NATO membership: Volker

Rae’s evaluation was largely shared by Kurt Volker, the previous U.S. ambassador to NATO who additionally spoke with Barton in an interview airing Sunday.

“I do not perceive even the logic of suggesting that Putin wants to avoid wasting face. That is unprovoked aggression in opposition to a neighbouring nation. It must be stopped and reversed. And there’s no saving face,” he mentioned.

Volker, who additionally served because the U.S. particular consultant for negotiations round Ukraine from 2017 to 2019, mentioned it will be a “utterly inappropriate, unfair reward for aggression” for a ceasefire to depart Russia accountable for important Ukrainian territory, however how far Ukraine pushes again is nonetheless a query.

WATCH | Former U.S. ambassador to NATO discusses NATO enlargement: 

Extra nations will attempt to be part of NATO after the warfare: former U.S. ambassador

Rosemary Barton Stay speaks with former U.S. ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker about Finland and Sweden’s historic functions to affix the alliance, in addition to how this enlargement is a direct response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Is all of it the best way again to the strains earlier than Feb 24? Is it to take all of Ukraine’s territory again, together with Crimea? These are issues that I believe we’ll have to guage alongside the best way, and naturally it is going to be the Ukrainians who determine.”

U.S. President Joe Biden this week signed a $40-billion US assist bundle for Ukraine, which incorporates each navy and humanitarian assist.

A separate diplomatic push was additionally underway this week as political leaders from Finland and Sweden went to Washington, D.C., to assemble assist for his or her bids to affix NATO.

U.S. President Joe Biden, centre, flanked by Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, proper, and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, speaks within the Rose Backyard of the White Home in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. (Andrew Harnik/The Related Press)

Volker mentioned he thought it was possible that preliminary Turkish resistance to the bids can be resolved, leading to a big enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Group. And he mentioned he anticipated nations that have been left in a “gray zone” for a number of many years would additionally revive makes an attempt to affix the alliance within the face of Russian aggression.

These nations may embody Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, Volker mentioned.

“If the strongest and most succesful impartial nations with sturdy militaries discover that they suppose it isn’t protected to stay impartial, I believe we have to return and relook on the difficulty of NATO’s membership for Ukraine as nicely.”

You possibly can watch full episodes of Rosemary Barton Stay on CBC Gem, the CBC’s streaming service.

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