Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger showed he "still lives in the 20th century" when suggesting Ukraine should be prepared to cede territory to Russia in order to reach peace, one Ukrainian parliament member said.
Kissinger made his comments while speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Monday.
"I think Mr. Kissinger still lives in the 20th century and we are in the 21st century and we are not going to give up any inch of our territory," Oleksiy Goncharenko, a Ukrainian member of parliament, told CNBC on Wednesday.
"That would be the worst signal to Putin."
Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also criticized Kissinger's comments.
"I respect Henry Kissinger but I appreciate that he’s not holding any official position in the U.S. administration, he has his own opinion, but we strongly disagree with it," Kuleba told CNBC on Wednesday.
"This is not something we're going to do."
In offering a "polite" reply to Kissinger, Goncharenko said, "we should stop Putin now and not let him go further."
The MP added that the best way to establish peace was to bring Ukraine inside the European Union.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has ruled out ceding any land to Russia as part of a peace deal.
"It's almost impossible to say that you disagree with Henry Kissinger," Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told CNBC on Wednesday. "I’m afraid that on television now I have to officially declare that I disagree with Henry Kissinger if that is the statement he makes.
"For us the territorial integrity, the sovereignty of Ukraine stands above all else and it is up to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, and his team to decide how they will conduct the peace negotiations that we hope will start one day."
Kissinger told World Economic Forum attendees that a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia should include a return to the existing state of affairs before the war. He suggested that he thought Russia should be allowed to retain Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.
The former national security advisor said that "pursuing the war beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine … but a new war against Russia itself."
Kissinger, who served under former Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, called on the West to stop trying to inflict a devastating defeat on the Russian military in Ukraine.
He said it would be disastrous for Western powers to forget that Russia holds a proper place in the European balance of power, and he warned against the risk of pushing Russia into a permanent alliance with China.
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