Yes, you do — if
something is expected in return. In the 1960s, the United States was adamant it
will not negotiate with the Vietcong, and yet it did at the end, as well as
with Hanoi. The French vowed never to talk to the Algerian National Liberation
Front, and yet Charles de Gaulle, president of France made peace and ended the French
rule in North Africa.
The Donbas is no Vietnam or Algeria. But it has Russia that
provides weapons and money to the militants and makes their rhetoric loud.
President Putin said he wants Ukrainian security forces to leave the rebel
territory, but what he really wants is a continuing military confrontation in
Donbas between Kyiv and the militants until a deal is reached between Kyiv and
Moscow on Kremlin’s terms about Ukraine’s subordination to Russia.
That deal would be such that Donbas will stay in Ukraine,
but Kyiv would give away the farm so that Ukraine become a vassal state.
Moscow, of course holds the cards, besides using Donbas as a subterfuge.
Economic pressure, for instance, notably the gas supply (much of it going to