Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has publicly expressed his concern over Donald Trump's suggestion that he could end the country's war within a day if he returned to the White House.
Speaking to the British Channel Four News, in an interview that was broadcast on Friday (19), the Ukrainian president described the Republican leader's boast as “very dangerous” – claiming that Trump did not say what his post-war scenario would be like.
Zelensky admitted that it was possible that the former US president's statement was just electoral propaganda, or what he called a “political message”.
But the Ukrainian leader assumed that the possibility of Trump taking unilateral decisions that do not favor Ukraine leaves him “quite stressed”.
Trump's penchant for making sweeping foreign policy pronouncements resurfaced last May, when he told CNN International that if he were elected president, “this war would be resolved in one day, 24 hours”.
When questioned, Trump said he would resolve the conflict by meeting with Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin, stating that “they both have weaknesses and they both have strengths and within 24 hours the war will be resolved, the war will be over.”
Zelensky has generally avoided criticizing Trump, preferring not to lean into the divide between the Trump-supporting Democrats and Republicans responsible for blocking additional U.S. funding for Kiev.
During the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Ukrainian leader questioned what Trump would do if Putin managed to take over Ukraine and then started to threaten the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
It is widely believed that a Trump victory in November would be something Putin would welcome, giving him the opportunity, at the very least, to maintain his territorial gains in Ukraine and declare a victory.
In contrast, Zelensky continues to insist that there can be no peace agreement that does not provide for the removal of all Russian forces from the lands they have seized from Ukraine since 2014, including Crimea.
Ukraine's ability to negotiate toward this outcome was significantly weakened, at least in the short term, by the failed counteroffensive over the summer.
Still, the Biden administration and NATO have repeatedly reinforced that Ukraine will not be coerced into any deal with Russia.
When offered the opportunity in the Channel Four News interview to invite Trump to Ukraine, Zelensky did not hesitate.
“Please, Donald Trump, I invite you to Ukraine, to Kiev. If you can stop the war for 24 hours, I think it will be [razão] enough for this”, said the president of Ukraine. “Maybe Donald Trump actually has an idea, a real idea, and he can share it with me.”
Source: CNN Brasil
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