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Wednesday, June 29 2022 - 00:15
stern magazine exclusive: Henry Kissinger argues against a coup against Putin: "It is likely that a peace agreement will have to be made with Putin" – but the West should not "tolerate" a Russian nuclear threat
HAMBURG, Germany, June 28, 2022, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

Former US-Secretary Henry Kissinger advocated in an interview with stern 
magazine for continuing the dialogue with Russa and with President Wladimir 
Putin. Kissinger said: "The war will end someday. After the war the 
relationship of Ukraine to Russia will have to be redefined. The relationship 
of Europe to Russia will also have to be redefined at the end of the war 
because Russia will continue to play an important factor in international 
relations. But if Russia were to dissolve as a result of the war, the chaos 
that would exist in Central Asia and in the Middle East would be another 
disturbing element."

Answering the question if peace will only be possible after Putin has been 
removed, he said: "It's likely that the agreement will have to be made with 
Putin. If Putin were to be overthrown, it would certainly ease the 
negotiations. But when all the other objectives are achieved and you continue 
the war for the purpose of overthrowing Putin, that would in my opinion not 
have public support no matter how unpopular Putin is at the moment."

Kissinger said furthermore: "It is a very fragile situation when two nuclear 
powers are contesting over a non-nuclear power's territory. With the respect of 
the use of the threat of nuclear weapons by Russia we cannot possibly yield to 
that. For two reasons. First, the irony of the historic evolution since World 
War 2 is that enormous sums were spent on nuclear weapons, they have been 
refined many times, and yet no country has been willing to use them because 
they didn't know how to control the consequences. So, if Putin, if Russia 
crossed that line, that has to be rebuffed. It can't be tolerated that a 
settlement is made under a nuclear threat because it would change the world.

You can find the full interview here:

Interview was conducted by: Gregor Peter Schmitz, Jan Christoph Wiechmann

Contact: Oliver Creutz +49 40 3703 7248 or +49 151 64955043

SOURCE: Gruner+Jahr, STERN