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Ukraine could give up territory to secure peace with Russia as Putin may be convinced to return land

Ukraine could give up territory to broker peace with Russia as Putin could be convinced to return land in exchange for sanctions easing, Bishop of Leeds suggests

  • Rt Rev Nick Baines wrote that the overall aim of allies ‘remains unclear’
  • In response to the comments, the Church of England said this was not its “view”
  • It previously caused controversy when Welby called Britain’s asylum plan ‘wicked’

Ukraine could give up territory to make peace with Russia, a senior cleric has suggested.

Rt Rev Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, made the claims in a newspaper published yesterday, writing that the overall purpose of Western allies “remains unclear” and that Vladimir Putin can be convinced to give back land in exchange for easing the sanctions

He added: ‘Is the aim to punish Russia or to change the behavior of Russia or even its regime?

‘The lack of clarity creates ambiguity, invites mission creep and risks strategic miscalculations.’

Rt Rev Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, made the claims in a newspaper published yesterday

Rt Rev Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, made the claims in a newspaper published yesterday

He also warned that “imposing punitive measures against all Russians, whatever their opinion, could cause resentment and fuel nationalism.”

In response, the Church of England said this was not its “view” and that “Ukraine’s territorial integrity stands without question.”

A spokesperson told the Telegraph: ‘This is not a policy. This is a discussion paper for the Synod pointing out possible long-term scenarios that have been put forward in some quarters regarding Ukraine.

“Ukraine’s territorial integrity is indisputable. As the newspaper clearly states, the long-term goal should be for Ukraine to control all its territory.”

The Church of England previously sparked controversy when Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called Britain’s asylum plan to send migrants to Rwanda “wicked” in his Easter sermon.

The Church of England has previously sparked controversy when Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called Britain's asylum plan to send migrants to Rwanda 'wicked' in his Easter sermon

The Church of England has previously sparked controversy when Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called Britain’s asylum plan to send migrants to Rwanda ‘wicked’ in his Easter sermon

It comes as Boris Johnson warned NATO allies it would be a “disaster” to pressure Ukraine into accepting a “bad peace deal” that would see parts of the territory handed over to Putin.

The prime minister said there is little hope of sending the navy to salvage grain from the Russian president’s blockade, as he set his sights on talks with Turkey to prevent famine resulting from the invasion.

There are concerns in Kiev that Germany and France will force President Volodymyr Zelensky to accept a ceasefire that would see him cede land to Moscow.

Boris Johnson warned NATO allies it would be a 'disaster' to pressure Ukraine to accept a 'bad peace' deal, which would see parts of territory handed over to Putin

Boris Johnson warned NATO allies it would be a ‘disaster’ to pressure Ukraine to accept a ‘bad peace’ deal, which would see parts of territory handed over to Putin

There are concerns in Kiev that Germany and France will push President Volodymyr Zelensky to accept a ceasefire that would see him cede land to Moscow.

There are concerns in Kiev that Germany and France will push President Volodymyr Zelensky to accept a ceasefire that would see him cede land to Moscow.

Johnson, who will be at a summit of Commonwealth leaders in Rwanda in the coming days before speaking with G7 and NATO allies in Europe in the coming days, warned that “there is no doubt that there is now a lot of Ukraine fatigue.” in the world’.

“But I think they’re going to win. I know they are going to win. It’s their country. They are fighting desperately hard for it,” he told reporters who traveled with him in Kigali.

‘But they do need to be well supported. So my message to colleagues in the G7 and especially NATO is that now is not the time to settle down and encourage Ukrainians to settle for a bad peace, a peace where they are invited to pieces of their territory in exchange for a ceasefire.

“I think that would be a disaster. It would be a trigger for further escalation by Putin whenever he wanted. That would do much more economic damage to the world.’

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