Fareed speaks with former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski about the unrest in Ukraine and the deal between the government and protesters.
Do you think that there’s a possibility here for a compromise solution – that the parties seem to be willing to share power in some way, and that that is essential?
Well, that’s absolutely essential. Now, that's why unification among the political forces is so important. A symbol of unity has to emerge.
But second, there are two things that are also very much important. The EU has to step forward and not just offer slogans and long range invitations, it has to offer some cash, because Ukraine is on the back of economic collapse, literally.
And if Putin comes back and says go with me and I'll give you lots of cash, and we don't offer anything from the West, a lot of Ukrainians will say, well, we have to eat. We have to eat. We have to have jobs.
And the third thing which is needed is we, the United States, we have to talk turkey to the Russians. We have to talk turkey to Putin and say to him, look, this is a critical moment. Don't reignite the cold war because the Ukrainians are willing to be your friends, but they're not willing to be your serfs.
And they value their independence. We're not trying to suck them away from you. We are prepared to settle for status for Ukraine which enters the West gradually, is open to Europe, more or less like that of Finland. That is to say, a country which is very European but not a threat militarily or politically to Russia.
I think these three points have to be borne in mind as we now enter this very critical phase in this new arrangement, which could break down any moment.