Russia’s Expectations For Ukraine: Surrender

Anatoly Antonov, Russian envoy to Washington, DC, has reiterated Moscow's price for peace in Ukraine:

"Our principled position regarding the settlement of the conflict has been clearly defined," Antonov said, "including the demand for an unconditional consideration of Russia's security interests, the demilitarization and denazification of the Ukrainian state, ensuring its neutral and non-nuclear status as well as the recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea and the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics."

The other term for an “unconditional consideration of Russia's security interests”: surrender. That's what the word “surrender” literally means.

  • to yield to the power, control, or possession of another upon compulsion or demand surrendered the fort

  • to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another

Russia demands Ukraine’s surrender, which includes a big chunk of territory. Russia is not interested in haggling, which is what “unconditional” means.

Regardless of whatever merits Russia's “security interests” may possess, a key question arises from Russia's stated position.

What happens if Moscow doesn't get its way?