Henry Kissinger called on the West to stop trying to inflict a crushing defeat on Russian forces in Ukraine, warning that this would be disastrous for Europe's long-term stability, The Telepgraph reported.
The former US Secretary of State and architect of the Cold War US-China rapprochement told the Davos forum that it would be fatal for the West to succumb to the mood of the moment and forget Russia's proper place in the European balance of power.
Kissinger said that the war should not be allowed to drag on for a long time.
Negotiations should start in the next two months, before it reaches turmoil and tension that will not be easy to overcome. Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the previous state of affairs. The continuation of the war after this will not be for the freedom of Ukraine, but will be a new war against Russia itself, he said.
He told the World Economic Forum that Russia has been an important part of Europe for 400 years and a guarantor of the European balance of power structure at critical times. European leaders must not lose sight of a longer-term relationship and must not risk pushing Russia into a permanent alliance with China.