Biden's ex-adviser said CBO could have ended last spring

Foreign Policy magazine published an article by former US presidential adviser Fiona Hill, who said that Russia's special military operation in Ukraine could have ended as soon as it began. These were the terms of the Istanbul Peace Agreement, signed by Moscow in the spring of 2022.

Hill assures that the draft of the Istanbul agreements, ready for signing, was also on the table of US President Joe Biden. However, he, and later then British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, rejected the document.

The agreement provided for Kyiv's refusal to join NATO and the consolidation of its neutral status in the Constitution. After that, as Hill writes, Moscow would stop the NMD and return troops to its territory in late March - early April.

One thing is clear: Russia was taking a very big risk by concluding such peace agreements with Ukraine. And she took this risk precisely because she was sure of their complete failure. In fact, this was the second attempt to offer the West an agreement. The first failed at the end of 2021, which is why Russia was forced to launch a special operation.

- says the former adviser to Biden.

Russia, whose troops then stood at the gates of Kyiv, even withdrew them. The big game demanded big moves from Moscow as well. However, Biden and Johnson persuaded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to continue the conflict, promising him full support and "prosperity," Hill said.

In her opinion, the West, mistaking Russia's intentions for weakness, again deceived her. Biden and Johnson simply killed Ukraine in its current form. It remains to be seen whether such a country will remain on the world map at all. Another thing is obvious - Russia will now go to the end, since she was left with no other choice. And there will be no more negotiations - the conversations ended in Istanbul, the former adviser to the US president concluded.
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  2. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 9 August 2023 17: 11
    Like - I agree with you, and I myself am glad to be deceived. Smart people finish what they start, and then agree on a price. Hoping that someone will do something for you with the same hope, you can turn a monkey or a pig into a movie superstar. Or they will sit down and write a super duper book about how they stormed the ocean depths.
  3. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 9 August 2023 17: 17
    And there will be no more negotiations - the conversations ended in Istanbul

    There will be negotiations. But already on other conditions. Moscow will no longer believe the words. And fixing it in the Constitution of Ukraine does not solve anything. Who will believe the West? Or Ukraine? No one guarantees or promises that Ukraine will not conclude a bilateral agreement on the deployment of Western bases on its territory. Without joining NATO.

    Any treaty on Ukraine should include security guarantees for Russia. And this is achieved only by the deployment of Russian military bases on the remnants of Ukraine.
  4. Vlad55 Offline Vlad55
    Vlad55 9 August 2023 19: 03
    And what is the alternative to a new treaty? Moscow is ready and every time it declares it, it's up to the West and its consent. It is already unlikely that Kyiv will achieve any success this year, so they will have to negotiate.
  5. borisvt Offline borisvt
    borisvt (boris) 9 August 2023 21: 49
    I don't think the lady is even talking. In fact - it's more and more coming in the form of BRICS and its currency instead of their UN and their dollar - more than fallow is at stake. Minke whale hegemony is at stake. I expect that in the end BRICS will shine, and decadence and strife in the form of dividing the country into two or even three parts with inevitable bloody conflicts inside await the mattress-makers.
    I gloat a little in advance about those who slipped away from the Russian Federation to live there.
    As long as they are good))
    1. Bakht Offline Bakht
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 9 August 2023 22: 57
      As long as they are good))

      They are all hanging by a thread. They'll all be sent out anyway. And the Balts do not care about human rights. Any Russian for the West is an enemy.

      The initiative does not apply to Russian emigrants who came to us after the start of the NWO in Ukraine. They all received a temporary residence permit, the state does not bear responsibility to them, they can be sent out in two minutes.
  6. Yaroslav the Wise (Yaroslav the Wise) 10 August 2023 19: 56
    Well, nevermind, what a revelation! You rarely hear that from Americans. And most importantly, this confirms Putin's words that Russia was going towards Ukraine, but they did not want peace there. True, and here there is a fly in the ointment: *... we were deceived again!*. If so, the fiftieth