JohnRawls wrote:Sanctions are not going to get removed irrelevant if there is piece or not in Ukraine. The sanctions will get removed when the Putin regime falls. And even at that I am not sure it will be that smooth.This is an interesting point. So far sanctions have been aimed against Russia in relation to its occupation of Ukraine. POTUS explicitly clarified that it isn't aimed at regime change in Russia. Otherwise it would pretty much deny Russia a way out (until Putin kicks the bucket). However, one issue that will linger on if/when Russia fully retreats is reparations. Western countries have been pressing for Russia's full accountability, freezing assets and exploring possibilities to use Russian frozen assets for reparations to Ukraine. Usually such action is done post-conflict. As first steps are taking now, this may narrow incentives for Russia to give up, the Kremlin will become even more cornered and isolated (virtually amounting to a regime change pressure as those assets mostly belong to his (former) billionaire supporters).
Russians and some commentators are really delusional to think that Ukraine will have a friendly relationship between the people of Russia and Ukraine or the sanctions will be removed by the West if peace is concluded. There is no way to get back pre-war since so much blood has been shed, so many people died, Russia revealed itself to be a monster, a savage, a Hun in the eyes of most in Europe.
https://iwpr.net/global-voices/route-ru ... eparations
https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2023 ... ally-dodgy