Nobel Peace Prize winner Irina Scherbakova, co-founder of the Russian rights organization, Memorial, said she saw no prospects for a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine.
‘The solution that there will be now is military in my eyes. But this diplomacy will only happen when Ukraine believes it has won this war and can set its terms. I just believe in that possibility,” she said.
The Russian historian spoke in Hamburg last night, where she was awarded the Marion Doenhoff Prize for her years of human rights work in her home country by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
When asked by a reporter if she believed this would have been with or without Russian President Vladimir Putin, Scherbakova replied that she believed it would have been “without Putin”.
The Russian president said he was open to negotiations, but not to requests that Moscow withdraw from Ukraine. US President Joe Biden has said he is open to his Russian counterpart if he agrees to end the war.
However, Ukraine says it will not come to the negotiating table before Moscow leaves all occupied territories.