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Putin's vulnerabilities: American expert Fried on Ukraine aid

24 September, 2023 Sunday
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Daniel Fried, a former coordinator of US State Department sanctions, has pointed out that President Zelenskyy could influence the Republicans' stance on support for Ukraine

He shared his opinions in an interview with Espreso TV.

Fried noted, "Democrats are largely united in their support for Ukraine, with only a small fringe group on the extreme left being an exception. However, the situation is more complex with Republicans. President Trump has shown support for Putin rather than Ukraine, and many of his followers within the Republican Party share this sentiment. While it's not true for the majority, their numbers are growing."

Fried explained that the increased prominence of Republicans in US politics has made it challenging to secure an aid package for Ukraine from President Biden. 

He added that President Zelenskyy could play a role in influencing this situation. Zelenskyy has already met with Mr. McCarthy, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who is a Republican and has the potential to sway opinions.

Fried stressed the importance of pressuring Russia on the battlefield and expressed hope that the US would continue to assist Ukraine, as Putin also has vulnerabilities that can be exploited.

  • During negotiations, US President Joe Biden assured Volodymyr Zelenskyy that Ukraine would receive a limited number of ATACMS missiles.

Zelenskyy's visit to the USA

On September 18, Volodymyr Zelenskyy began his visit to the United States, participating in the 78th session of the UN General Assembly. He addressed the Security Council and held talks in New York with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, and the President of Brazil.

On Thursday, September 21, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with US President Joe Biden in Washington. Following the meeting, the US announced a new USD 325 million aid package.

On September 21, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with US Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin. The main focus of their discussions was the continuation of providing Ukraine with the necessary military support to counter Russian aggression, which has amounted to USD 46 billion.

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