Two things are clear from the contradictory statements of Western politicians - some of them rejecting even the idea of negotiation, whereas others discretely considering the ins and outs of a future settlement. First, the limits and risks of the strategy pursued so far have now become evident. This does not mean that Moscow is in a better position, but we are obviously more interested in the economy, security and unity of the NATO-EU side. And the situation is anything but bright. Secondly, the fact that so far there has been no meaningful move towards a diplomatic solution is due to the fact that the search for a peaceful way out is a politically hazardous endeavor. It could both shatter the Western unity that has been masterfully maintained up to now and put into question the mainstream narrative on the war.
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