Ukrainian neutrality: “Golden bridge” out of a current geopolitical trap

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Anatol Lieven

“Whether deliberately or not, the Russian government has left the United States and NATO a perfect ‘golden bridge’ out of the trap that is developing in Ukraine. In diplomatic parlance, this means finding the other side a way of abandoning an untenable position without excessive loss of face or sacrifice of truly important interests. In the present crisis between Russia and the West, the golden bridge is Ukrainian neutrality, along the general lines of the Austrian State Treaty of 1955, by which Western and Soviet occupying troops withdrew from that country, allowing it to develop as a successful free-market democracy. The Biden administration, either directly or through German and French mediation, should seek to ‘own’ the idea of Ukrainian neutrality as its response to Russia’s demands.” (01/03/22)