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Opinion ‘Realists’ have it wrong: Putin, not Zelensky, is the one who can end the war.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gets a lot of advice on how he can end the war in his country. Peter Bergen: Most of it pushes in one direction: Swap some sovereignty for peace in Ukraine. He says Putin was not provoked into invading; Russia faced no security threat from Ukraine. Bergen says giving Putin more territory would normalize annexation and reward imperialism, normalizing it. Bergin: Real diplomacy takes two to tango; Putin has not once mentioned abandoning his military objective of seizing Kyiv's capital, Kyiv, or abandoning its military objective. He asks: Why does no one offer Putin advice for how to end his invasion? Or how you would persuade or compel Putin to stop the conflict, Bergen writes.

If Zelensky gave Putin more Ukrainian territory today, Putin would demand more tomorrow, writes Peter Bergen. Bergen: Putin will not stop fighting until his army can no longer move forward. The real party of peace is not those advising Zelenky to give Putin more land, Bergen says. Without stalemate on the battlefield, Putin will never negotiate, he says.