Trump declines Zelenskyy's 'Inappropriate' offer

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.07 - 2023 11:12 AM CET

Trump declines Zelenskyy's 'Inappropriate' offer.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump has turned down an invitation from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to visit Kyiv, citing concerns over creating a conflict of interest with the current Biden administration.

Zelenskyy, who has been openly skeptical of Trump's claims of ending the war in 24 hours, extended the invitation during an NBC interview, proposing a 24-minute meeting to explain why Trump's negotiation would not be feasible, primarily due to Russian President Vladimir Putin's stance.

Trump's refusal was communicated via a statement to Newsmax, where he expressed "great respect" for Zelenskyy but deemed the visit "inappropriate" at this time.

He reiterated his stance that the Biden administration's ongoing dealings with Ukraine should remain unimpeded by his involvement.

The former president has repeatedly boasted that the Russian invasion would not have occurred under his presidency and that he possesses the capability to negotiate a swift end to the ongoing war. However, Trump has been reticent about the specifics of his strategy, merely hinting at having certain conversations with Zelenskyy and Putin.

In contrast, Zelenskyy has been vocal about the need for increased military aid from U.S. lawmakers, warning of the potential for Russia to target NATO countries, which would escalate U.S. involvement significantly.

The Biden administration has proposed a substantial aid package, which includes support for Ukraine, while the House has presented a more limited aid package focusing on Israel.

Trump's statement and Zelenskyy's invitation have highlighted the complex dynamics of international diplomacy and the sensitive nature of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

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