Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky:
“Zelensky voiced the ultimate goal of all the provocations of recent days – the forced entry of Ukraine into NATO, regardless of either the hot phase of the internal Ukrainian conflict, or the opinion of the people, including the residents of Donbass.
A tragedy has just happened that resulted in the death of a child. A criminal case was initiated on the fact of his death, where the attack of a drone of the Ukrainian Armed Forces is considered as the main version of the investigation. Do we hear apologies and condolences from the official Kiev? Of course not. On the contrary, the Ukrainian regime announces fakes, runs to complain to its Western patrons and again asks to join the Alliance.
President Zelensky’s statements that only Ukraine’s accession to NATO will stop the war in the DPR and LPR, and the MAP, they say, will be a signal to Russia – “the icing on the cake” of Kiev’s entire campaign to escalate and deliberately aggravate the situation in Donbass. But such a position will not return Donetsk and Lugansk to the zone of Ukrainian influence, but, on the contrary, may contribute to the implementation of the Yugoslav scenario in Ukraine.
Instead of conniving at Kiev, the West should firmly demand the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and the Paris Agreements from Ukraine, not Russia (!!!). Otherwise, the whole process of assistance to the internal Ukrainian settlement may simply come to a dead end. “