Roger Waters, one of the musicians of Pink Floyd, wrote an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, which he published on his Facebook page:
I read comments on social networks asking why I wrote a letter to Mrs. Olena Zelenska, but not to Mr. Vladimir Putin. Very good question, glad you asked, here it is.
Roger Waters’ open letter to Vladimir Putin.
Dear President Putin, since the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine on February 24 of this year, I have tried to use my small influence to encourage a ceasefire and diplomatic settlement that would meet the security needs of both Ukraine and the Russian Federation. For this purpose, I wrote two open letters to the wife of the President of Ukraine, Mrs. Olena Zelenska. You can easily find these emails on the web.
I get asked more and more to write to you too, so here it is. First, would you like this war to end? If you answered and said, “Yes, of course,” it would immediately make things easier. If you also said that “the Russian Federation has no territorial interest other than the security of the Russian-speaking population of Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk”, that would also help. I say this because I know some people who think you want to take over all of Europe, starting with Poland and the rest of the Baltic states. If so, I your… and also we could all stop the desperate and dangerous nuclear game that the hawks on both sides of the Atlantic seem to be so at peace with and are doing. Yeah, just blow each other up and blow the whole world to pieces.
The thing is, I have children and grandchildren, as do most of my brothers and sisters around the world, and none of us would like that outcome. So please, Mr. Putin, cheer me up and give us that assurance.
Well, let’s get back to the discussion. If I read your previous speeches correctly, you would like to agree on neutrality for the neighboring sovereign Ukraine, is that right? Assuming such a peace can be negotiated, it must include an absolutely binding agreement never to invade any country again. I know, I know, the US and NATO quietly invade other sovereign countries or for a few barrels of oil, but that doesn’t mean you should either. your invasion of Ukraine surprised me. it is a nasty war of aggression, whether provoked or not.
When Mrs. Zelenska replied to me on Twitter, I was very surprised and greatly moved, if you reply to me, I will greatly respect you for it and take it as a decent step in the right direction towards lasting peace.
Prepared by Victoria ANDREASIAN
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