The Istanbul talks were very real. It could have been a really good deal for us.
This was told by the ex-adviser to the head of the Office of the President Oleksiy Arestovych.
"Russia has made all kinds of concessions that it will never make. Unless we now have 15 times more weapons than we have been given, and we do not inflict several defeats at the front. We have lost this opportunity, I'm afraid, forever," he suggests.
A lot of contradictory signals
According to Arestovych, there is still a possibility that the West will come to its senses and make the right decision. But, if there are negotiations, there will be no such conditions. The Russians felt their strength, our weakness and the weakness of the West, the ex-official noted, and they will not go for it.
According to Arestovych, the reason for the breakdown of the negotiations was "dragging out time" – this is not true. What really happened, we still have to know.
"First of all, I will have to say how it happened that I had to refuse. Let's say it was Bucha and the decision on the impossibility of negotiations. Secondly, if we were promised support for waging a 'big war that will close the West', and then given 5 times less than necessary, then we must say who did it," Arestovych states.
He assures that Davyd Arakhamia has made a lot of efforts to ensure that the negotiations take place. Currently, there is a shift of responsibility through the devaluation of negotiations.
"What is the message to the community and the international community? You know, the negotiations were miserable, we knew that nothing would happen. But we diligently led them, and then Johnson came, disrupted these negotiations and threw us into a big war," Oleksiy Arestovych explained.
Part of the responsibility, he says, was thrown at Johnson. By the way, it's not clear which one.
"It turns out that Johnson's fault is that he canceled these worthless negotiations. If they were worthless, then Johnson was not to blame. And if they were "bossy", then who but Johnson is to blame? Who is responsible for supporting the great war? The signals are quite contradictory," admits the former adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine.
According to him, the negotiations were extremely tense. It was possible to shoot a real detective story based on real events.
"Super-heavy real trading. It was a very intense international struggle. Someday we will publish the memoirs. There were very serious negotiations, they should not be devalued," Arestovych summed up.
Earlier, we wrote about what happened in Istanbul and how the United States reacted to the negotiations.