'Kissinger still lives in the 20th century': Ukraine hits back at suggestion it should cede land to Russia

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A Ukrainian MP has fixed what helium called a "polite" reply to erstwhile U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's proposition that Ukraine should beryllium prepared to cede immoderate territory to Moscow successful bid to scope a bid deal.

"I deliberation Mr. Kissinger inactive lives successful the 20th period and we are successful the 21st period and we are not going to springiness up immoderate inch of our territory," Oleksiy Goncharenko, a Ukrainian subordinate of parliament, told CNBC Wednesday.

"That would beryllium the worst awesome to Putin," helium added.

"We should halt Putin present and not fto him spell further," Goncharenko said, adding that helium believed the champion mode to found bid was to bring Ukraine wrong the European Union arsenic rapidly arsenic possible.

CNBC has contacted Kissinger's representatives for a effect to disapproval of his comments.

Henry Kissinger speaks during a 2007 interrogation successful Washington.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Kissinger caused a disturbance earlier this week erstwhile helium suggested that Ukraine should beryllium prepared to cede immoderate territory to Russia successful bid to scope a bid woody with Moscow.

Speaking connected a sheet astatine the World Economic Forum connected Monday, Kissinger said "ideally, the dividing enactment should instrumentality to the status quo ante," meaning a instrumentality to the existing authorities of affairs earlier the war, suggesting that helium thought that Russia should beryllium allowed to clasp Crimea, which it annexed successful 2014.

Kissinger, who served nether Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald Ford, said that "pursuing the warfare beyond that constituent would not beryllium astir the state of Ukraine … but a caller warfare against Russia itself."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has ruled retired ceding immoderate onshore to Russia arsenic portion of a deal, peculiarly successful notation to the Donbas portion successful eastbound Ukraine, wherever Russian forces are presently focusing connected seizing.

It's unclear whether Kyiv mightiness judge that Crimea remains successful Russian hands, however.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte commented connected the Kissinger fallout, telling CNBC Wednesday that portion "it's astir intolerable to accidental that you disagree with Henry Kissinger ... I'm acrophobic that connected tv present I person to officially state that I disagree with Henry Kissinger if that is the connection helium makes."

"For america the territorial integrity, the sovereignty of Ukraine stands supra each other and it is up to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, and his squad to determine however they volition behaviour the bid negotiations that we anticipation volition commencement 1 day," helium told CNBC's Steve Sedgwick successful Davos, Switzerland, astatine the World Economic Forum.