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I think there is an element of Pearl Clutching going on here. Agreements are often used to buy time and your opinion of this instance will be determined by whether or not you consider Ukraine has a legitimate right to protect its national territory and sovereignty from Russian aggression.

Obviously if you consider Russia has a legitimate claim to Crimea and or the Donbass, you will oppose Ukrainian attempts to restore its sovereignty there. If not, then everything that can strengthen Ukraine to resist Russian aggression is good diplomacy.

However the Russian invasion, and the manner of it has put an end to that discussion. Whatever the history, Russia will never again be allowed to exercise  control within Ukrainian territory, even if the Crimea is ultimately conceded as part of a peace settlement.

Why Serbia would seek to capitalise on the interview to support its claims on Kosovo is beyond me. Any prospect of Serbia joining the EU must now be gone.

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