Russia’s attack on Ukraine shouldn’t surprise anyone. Vladimir Putin set this invasion in motion months, even years ago. Because of Joe Biden’s ineptitude, the Russian President finally pulled the trigger. Something else shouldn’t be surprising. Russia has offered a deal.

This deal could be for various reasons. One, Ukraine is putting up far more resistance than the Russian army probably expected. Second, most likely, Putin had an endgame in mind long before the first wave of Russian troops crossed over into Ukraine.

Whichever factor is the motivating reason behind it, Russia has tendered a tentative deal. The Kremlin’s deal announced that Russia would pull all of its troops from Ukraine and end the invasion.

But what’s on Putin’s table of negotiations? The first mandate is for Ukrainians to basically lay down their arms. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for the Kremlin, said, “We really are finishing the demilitarization of Ukraine. We will finish it.”

But Peskov continued, “But the main thing is that Ukraine ceases its military action. They should stop their military action and then no one will shoot.” Russia wants Ukraine to stop fighting. But they must stop first, according to the Kremlin.

Second, Ukraine must agree to cease any ambitions to “enter any bloc.” This is a direct reference to Ukraine’s swearing to never become a NATO nation. Furthermore, this has always been one of Russia’s primary conditions for peace. Things haven’t changed.

In lieu of an all-out war with NATO, it will not. Peskov also told Reuters that the Kremlin is not calling for a total surrender of Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. Within the last 24 hours, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he has “cooled” on any demands for Ukraine to join NATO.

When Putin initially gave his reasons for a potential invasion, this factor was high on his list. These new developments would appear to be an opening for more serious peach talks. But Zelensky is still holding firm on his insistence against a “total capitulation”.

Zelensky has become a worldwide phenomenon. Many compare the Ukraine leader to Winston Churchill. However, Vladimir Putin mirrors another infamous world leader, Adolph Hitler. Like Hitler, Putin believes he has some sort of manifest destiny to be Russia’s saving grace.

Zero Hedge reported,

In another apparent nod aimed at placating Moscow, Zelensky said he is open to “compromise” on the status of two breakaway pro-Russian territories that President Vladimir Putin recognized as independent just before unleashing the invasion on February 24.

“I have cooled down regarding this question a long time ago after we understood that …NATO is not prepared to accept Ukraine,” Zelensky said in an interview aired Monday night on ABC News.

“The alliance is afraid of controversial things, and confrontation with Russia,” the president added.

His offer of peace should be taken with skepticism. Putin is not an honest person. In the words of the great President Ronald Reagan, “Trust and Verify”. With Vladimir Putin, it might be better to remain skeptical, verify, and then verify that skepticism. This could be a ploy. Time will tell.

Daniel

Daniel is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and amateur theologian. He writes about topics of politics, culture, freedom, and faith.

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