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Russia must suffer strategic defeat in Ukraine - Latvian Defense Minister

Russia must suffer strategic defeat in Ukraine - Latvian Defense Minister Photo: Head of the Ministry of Defense of Latvia Andris Spruds (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Russia must suffer a strategic defeat in the war against Ukraine, says Latvian Defense Minister Andris Spruds.

"First of all, the flag must be yellow and blue. Ukraine is fighting for its freedom. The Ukrainians have said — and strongly expressed — that Ukraine will fight until it wins the war and liberates its territories," he says, answering a question about calls for peace talks between Kyiv and Moscow.

At the same time, the Minister notes that for Western countries - all NATO members - "it is important to support Ukraine as long as it takes and with all necessary means."

"It's Ukraine’s decision what kind of peace agreement there will be when all the territories will be liberated. Russia must suffer strategic defeat in Ukraine," Spruds stresses.

Pushing Ukraine to negotiations with Russian Federation

During the two years of full-scale Russian aggression, several attempts were made to push Ukraine into negotiations with the Russian Federation. A new phase of nudging has begun recently.

In particular, China once again sent its special representative responsible for "diplomatic settlement" to Russia, Ukraine, and the EU.

After the meeting with the Ukrainian president, the head of Turkey Recep Erdogan proposed to hold a "peace" summit with the participation of Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyi rejected such a proposal and invited Turkey to participate in the Global Peace Summit initiated by Ukraine.