The Russian government and the head of state is the aggressor Vladimir Putin believe that Donbas is not worth the effort. This opinion was expressed by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor, reports the New time.

“I think the benefits that they received upon entering the Donbass, was much lower than expectations, but the price is quite high,” said Taylor.

He also noted that the Kremlin did not expect long to maintain sanctions from the US and Europr.

“When did the war in Georgia in 2008, sanctions against Russia were short-lived. It is possible that after entering the Crimea and the Donbass, Putin had hoped to receive the same short – term reaction,” the diplomat said, adding that the sanctions have been painful for the Russian economy and made the Crimea and Donbass “expensive” for the Kremlin.

“All of these costs clearly exceed the benefits and it opens a space for negotiations. So I think and hope that the Russians still consider options of gradual withdrawal from the Donbass,” said Taylor.

He said that, according to him, last summer in Putin’s entourage has already been discussed that staying in the Donbass – not the best idea, and it is important to phase out.

14 December, Putin said that in non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions established the “self-sufficient military forces” that “will protect the people of Donbass from the massacre by the nationalist battalions”.

See also: Military expert: Putin is preparing for a new war

Ex-US Ambassador: Donbass – too expensive for the Kremlin 17.12.2017

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