B former US President Donald Trump has refused the invitation of the Ukrainian head of state Volodymyr Zelensky to visit Ukraine, citing a “conflict of interests”, the “Kyiv Independent” reported.
“I have great respect for President Zelensky, but I think it would be inappropriate to go to Ukraine at this time”the Republican front-runner for the 2024 presidential election said.
“The Biden administration is dealing with him right now, and I wouldn’t want to create a conflict of interest.”Trump also said.
Zelensky extended the invitation to Trump in an interview with NBC News on November 5, hoping to demonstrate to the former US leader that the war with Russia cannot be resolved within 24 hours, as Trump once claimed.
Zelensky invited Trump to Ukraine
“If he can come here, it will take me 24 minutes – yes, 24 minutes. No more. Yes. No more – 24 minutes to explain to President Trump that he cannot run this war.”the Ukrainian president said.
“President Biden was here and I think he picked up on some details that you can only pick up by being here.”he added.
Questions have been raised about what a Republican victory would mean and about future US support for Ukraine.
Although U.S. President Joe Biden has been a staunch supporter of Ukraine, providing $75 billion in financial and military aid since the full-scale invasion began, the Republican presidential nominee has largely opposed continuing to fund Kiev this year. scale.
Zelensky said he “doesn’t know” whether Trump would support Ukraine if he won the presidential vote.