Ukraine can either have one strategy with West or none, discussion will depend on US domestic policy - diplomat
Pavlo Klimkin, diplomat and former Ukraine's Foreign Affairs Minister, believes that the West and Ukraine cannot have separate strategies
He expressed this opinion on Espreso TV.
"The question is what the collective West will conclude about our capabilities, what weapons they can and want to give us today, how they assess the emotional situation in Ukraine. And also how they assess themselves on the eve of very difficult elections. There is also talk of how the American election will end. If Trump wins, whether he will be worse or better, no one can answer this question. However, Trump will definitely be different, as will the new American administration. That's why they also want to mitigate risks. Only for us, strategically, this means that the logic of everything we do must be agreed with them," the diplomat said.
According to him, when we are asked about our strategy, we always ask: "Where is your strategy?" Because we are ready for an ambitious strategy, but is the West ready to support it?
"I have a very bad attitude to the idea that we can or should have separate strategies with the West. Either it is one strategy or no strategy. The discussion in the West will depend on the domestic political situation in the United States. In my opinion, the understanding of the Russian threat is gradually growing in Europe. In general, this is a very difficult strategic discussion that we need to have with our partners," Pavlo Klimkin concluded.
- On January 17, Latvian President Edgars Rinkēvičs said that Western allies should change their strategy of supporting Ukraine from "as long as necessary" to "to the end of the war".