May 27, 2022
By Jane Brown
Ukraine’s president is criticizing Henry Kissinger for saying Ukraine should hand over territory to Russia in exchange for peace.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Monday, the former legendary U.S. Secretary of state said Ukraine should return to the “status quo ante,” a Latin phrase meaning how things were before.
By that, 99 year old Kissinger implied that Ukraine should let Russia control Crimea, the peninsula it annexed in 2014, as well as informally rule the Donbas region through the pro-Kremlin factions that have occupied the region since 2014.
But in an address later in the week, Volodomyr Zelensky derided Kissinger for his suggestion saying the former diplomat was emerging from the deep past.
Zelenksy went on to say that it seems Mr. Kissinger’s calendar is not 2022, but 1938, and he thought he was talking to an audience not in Davos, but in Munich of that time — a reference to the appeasement of the Nazi Third Reich in Germany.
Zelensky also criticized the New York Times for a May 19th article published by its editorial board which said the U.S. should avoid engaging with the conflict given that domestic inflation was a more pressing issue.