Dialogue Only Way To End Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Omkar Dattatray
The dialogue and talks is the only way for reconciliation and end of the crises between the Russia and Ukraine .The horrors of continuing war are unwelcome and disturbing and the parties to the war should talk to end the war which is so devastating and not only consumes the lives of the army soldiers but also the innocent lives of the people and also brings great loss to the property. Therefore there is utmost need and requirement for the initiation of the much needed dialogue to end the war and bring peace and tranquility to the region .The secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has emphasized the need for dialogue between the two nations of Russia and Ukraine who are at war and he has said in an emergency meeting of the general assembly that the option of talks should remain open between the two countries which are at war .The Vatican has also said that it is ready to facilitate the dialogue between the countries which are at war .The foreign minister of super power China has said that Ukraine should take necessary steps to defuse the tension between the two countries which are at war .The foreign minister of China has said it in a telephonic conversion with the foreign minister of Ukraine and has stressed that the Ukraine should sincerely try to reconcile the mutual differences between the Russia and Ukraine which presently are at war. Two aphorisms about Russia by Sir Winston Churchill continue to be apt. “Russia,” he said, “is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Understanding the origins of recent Russian policy towards Ukraine, Europe and the West as a whole has proved difficult, as the narratives inside Russia are totally at odds with the perceptions outside Russia. Russia’s actions in the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine are provocative and destabilizing. This testing of the international system must be met by firmness. But Churchill also had a second insight that equally applies: In 1954, in the midst of the Cold War, he said, “To jaw-jaw always is better than to war-war.” Russia is too important a country to shun or exclude. Lines of communication must be kept open. The prudent response to Russia’s challenge to the current European order is firmness, but with dialogue. In that spirit, a group of representatives from different political and national backgrounds met to discuss the conflict in Ukraine and suggest ways of achieving a peaceful solution to the crisis. The experts met in an open, inclusive way on neutral ground to enable parties that usually do not talk to each other to express their views openly. We met after the Minsk II agreement was negotiated in another attempt to stop the fighting in Ukraine. There is uncertainty over the success of a ceasefire and additional efforts to stabilize the situation are undoubtedly necessary. The Minsk II truce most likely will not end the confrontation, but it could prevent further escalation of the conflict. All participants agreed that the InterAction Council could play a valuable role in helping to identify steps to overcome this challenge. Members of the InterAction Council had steered the world through the turbulent end of the Cold War and are now unencumbered by the need to appeal to electorates. With emotions running high, the InterAction Council is seen as an honest broker able to provide a forum for dialogue. . A day after the 15-nation UN Security Council voted to refer the Russia-Ukraine crisis to an emergency session of the General Assembly, the most representative body of the United Nations convened the rare emergency session on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. As Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko hosted the first face-to-face talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegation since Russia’s special military operation in eastern Ukraine. Mr. Guterres hoped that the direct talks between the two sides “will produce not only an immediate halt to the fighting, but also a path towards a diplomatic solution.” “The guns are talking now, but the path of dialogue must always remain open. It is never too late to engage in good-faith negotiations and to address all issues peacefully,” he said. Mr. Guterres also said the escalating violence, resulting in civilian deaths, including children, was totally unacceptable. “Enough is enough. Soldiers need to move back to their barracks. Leaders need to move to peace. Civilians must be protected,” he said. He asserted that the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its internationally recognised borders, must be respected .President of the 76th session of the General Assembly Abdulla Shahid presided over the unprecedented session, only the 11th such emergency session of the General Assembly since 1950. With the adoption of the UNSC resolution, it was for the first time in 40 years that the Council decided to call for an emergency special session in the General Assembly. Escalating tensions, Russian President Vladamir Putin ordered his nuclear forces be put on high alert, a development that drastically raised fears and concerns the crisis could lead to a nuclear war. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged his Ukraine counterpart to resolve its conflict with Russia through dialogue days after Moscow launched an invasion of the Eastern European nation. Wang told Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba during their phone talks that China “supports all constructive international efforts that are conducive to a political solution,” while voicing concern over the harm to civilians, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Kuleba was quoted by the ministry as telling Wang that Ukraine is placing top priority on ending the war with Russia and it hopes China will help to mediate a cease-fire. The leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on all countries involved in the Ukraine crisis to remain rational and avoid taking measures that will exacerbate tensions, in apparent consideration of its relations with Russia. Beijing has also reiterated that it understands Moscow’s security concerns related to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Further, Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin opposed the expansion of NATO, with Russia demanding the security alliance pull back troops and weapons from Eastern Europe. Thus, there is urgent need for a fruitful dialogue between Russia and Ukraine for reconciliation and resolution of the war crisis. So, the heads of the two countries should see the reason and sanity, initiate and hold a dialogue to end the crisis which is endangering the lives of innocent people of both the countries. Therefore, without wasting time Russia and Ukraine should engage in a dialogue. It is heartening that the two nations had at least agreed to talk for the sake of finding a solution of the war crisis between the two countries and it is somewhat satisfying .Both the countries at war should build on this positive assertion and hold the much needed dialogue to end the crises in the interest of the peace and tranquility between the two countries which are at war.
(The author is columnist and social activist)