A Russian journalist, political activist and leading researcher at the Institute for Systems Analysis Andrei Piontkovsky believes that the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin intends to freeze the conflict in the Donbas, and it is a no-win option for the Russian Federation, Joinfo.ua reports.
“They go to the option of the de facto annexation. They will even stop to push it back. And by the way, why have they started to leave such disputed villages as Shyrokine and so on? … Frozen conflict, de facto annexation, like it was with South Ossetia,” he said.
According to Piontkovsky, the praises by annexed Crimea and the part of the Donbas may help Putin “to sell something to patriotic electorate”.
The political scientist is sure that de facto annexation is beneficial to all parties, except for Russia.
“It will be fine by Ukraine, it will be much satisfied. It will be left alone and start to develop. It will be fine by the West, because this non-fulfillment of the Minsk agreements will allow the West to maintain these sanctions. Not to extend them like it would be in the case of a military conflict, but simply to maintain them. It will be acceptable to everyone,” Piontkovsky said.
Andrei Piontkovsky added that the Donbas was a depressed region, which would be a large burden for the budget of the Russian Federation.