Russia ‘paying too high a price’ in Ukraine not accept cease fire

Russia paying 'too high a price' in Ukraine says Bausch

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Russia is paying a “very high price” for their invasion of Ukraine, not just in terms of the number of their soldiers killed in battle but also domestically as a result of Western sanctions, a European politician has claimed. Francois Bausch, Luxembourg’s deputy PM and defence minister, told the end of the war would be brought about by peace negotiations and that Russia would be forced to re-enter those conversations due to the significant toll its invasion has taken on the nation. He said he was “confident” Putin would have no choice but to look to broker a ceasefire as Ukrainian forces gather on the banks of the Dnipro river north of Crimea. 

Mr Bausch said: “I think that the price that Russia and the Russian population pays at the moment is very high. 

“And when it takes more than, let’s say the next two, three, four months, Russia has to pay a very high price, not only in Ukraine with soldiers dying all day, as well as war and military material being lost, but also within its own country. 

“The sanctions that the West have decided upon will probably be reinforced in the next six months, and they also play against Russia and its population. 

“The price is so high to pay that I think one day or another, they will have to come back to negotiations. Of that I am confident.” 

The deputy Prime Minister added that it was paramount that Ukraine were in a “strong position” coming into negotiations, suggesting now was the opportune time. 

Despite Mr Bausch’s comments, the prospect of peace in Ukraine remains remote. 

The Kremlin reaffirmed on Tuesday that negotiations would be possible if Ukraine meets Russian demands. 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: “It’s impossible to hold any talks now because the Ukrainian side strongly rejects them.”

He noted that “political will and readiness to discuss the Russian demands” are needed to conduct negotiations.

It also has repeated its earlier demands for “demilitarisation” and “denazification,” albeit with less vigour than in the past.

Ukraine wants Russia to withdraw from Crimea and all other annexed territory, to face prosecution for war crimes, to pay for rebuilding Ukraine and to meet other demands.

Meanwhile, NATO doubled down on Tuesday on its commitment to one day include Ukraine, a pledge that some officials and analysts believe helped prompt Russia’s invasion this year. 

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The world’s largest security alliance also pledged to send more aid to Ukrainian forces locked in battle with Russian troops.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with NATO foreign ministers in Romania to drum up support for Ukraine as Russia bombards energy infrastructure ahead to the frigid winter. Russia cannot stop the alliance’s expansion, NATO leaders said.

“NATO’s door is open,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said before chairing the meeting in the capital, Bucharest.

He highlighted that North Macedonia and Montenegro had recently joined NATO, and said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “will get Finland and Sweden as NATO members” soon. The Nordic neighbours applied for membership in April, concerned that Russia might target them next.

“Russia does not have a veto” on countries joining, Stoltenberg said. “We stand by that, too, on membership for Ukraine.”

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