Zelensky avoids talking about Trump and asks the US “not to wait for November” to support Ukraine

Although Ukraine is at the center of attention at the 75th NATO summit, the shadow of Donald Trump hangs over the meeting. The former President of the United States is a candidate to return to the White House in November this year, and his history of criticism and threats to the transatlantic alliance (and praise for the President of Russia) worry officials and experts, as they fear a cut in support for Ukraine.

Trump’s promises regarding the Russian invasion, combined with Joe Biden’s less convincing ‘performance’ is not the last debate between the two, did not pass by Volodymyr Zelensky. The Ukrainian President is in Washington DC for the NATO summit and, at an event on Tuesday before meeting with the group’s leaders, he was asked about the possibility of interacting with Trump again as President.

Zelensky, however, avoided talking specifically about Trump’s inconsistent views on the war. At the Ronald Reagan Institute, cited by CNN Internationalhe just said that he doesn’t know the tycoon “very well”, although he had “good meetings” with him when he was President of the USA, between 2017 and 2021.

“I hope that, if the people of America vote for President Trump, their policy on Ukraine will not change,†he underlined.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during the foreign ministers’ summit in Brussels

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The Ukrainian leader added that “everyone is waiting for November†, the month in which the North American presidential elections take place. But Zelensky admitted that he preferred that military support for Ukraine, which comes from both the will of the President and the US Congress, did not depend so much on the results of the elections – an opinion that he will have taken into account the various impasses placed by Republican congressmen in sending weapons to the Ukrainian forces.

“Americans are waiting for November. In Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific, the whole world is looking towards November. And, truth be told, Putin is waiting for November. It’s time to come out of the shadows to make strong decisions, to act and not wait for November,’ he appealed.

He also added that he considers that “Biden and Trump are very different, but they both support democracy†, and that “Putin will hate both of them†.

Zelensky’s request is not innocent, given the impact that the US election could have on the future of NATO and US military support around the world.

Donald Trump has been very frank about what he would do with the transatlantic alliance. In addition to the strong affinity demonstrated towards Vladimir Putin over the years, the former President promised in the last debate that he would end the war in Ukraine “on his first day on the job†, understanding that the invasion It would end through dialogue and consensus with the Kremlin. Furthermore, he has also threatened to cut funding and military support to the Ukrainians, even criticizing at rallies the way they have used equipment offered by the USA.

Trump has also attacked NATO allies over their investment in military defense. When he was President, he even threatened that he would leave the alliance if the remaining countries did not commit to investing 2% of GDP in defense. And, already this year, he made his most controversial statements about the invasion, sparking a chorus of condemnations and warnings within the transatlantic bloc.

“One of the presidents of a large country stood up and said: ‘If we don’t pay and we are attacked by Russia, will you defend us?’. No, I will not protect you anymore. In fact, I will encourage them to do whatever they want. You have to pay your debts,†he said.

In his final months as Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg will have to deal with increasing pressure from Trump

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Interestingly, Trump’s first term in the White House was forever marked by a conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky.

Em 2018, when his counterpart was a comedian recently elected as President of Ukrainea, the then US head of state asked the Kiev Government for help in unearthing alleged damaging information about the business dealings of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, that could harm the Democrat’s image.

The conversation led to one of the only exoneration processes in the history of the North American Presidency – and the first of two during the far-right leader’s term -, which concluded without any formal charges against Trump.


Francesco Giganti

Journalist, social media, blogger and pop culture obsessive in newshubpro

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