NYT: domestic political struggle in the US puts Kiev in a rather vulnerable position

Kiev is trying to remain neutral and stay out of the internal political struggle in the United States, The New York Times reports. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to secure support for Ukraine from both American parties, the newspaper said.

Ukraine, whose survival depends on US military aid, has long been struggling to maintain support for Kiev from both US political parties, The New York Times writes. This has never been an easy thing to do, but it is now becoming increasingly difficult to achieve, especially given the increased chances that Donald Trump – not a particularly great friend of Ukraine – will return to the White House.

Kiev is currently trying to remain neutral in the US domestic political struggle.

Zelensky is asked in almost every interview what Trump’s second presidential term will mean for Kiev. Although he chooses his words carefully, however, sometimes the emotional weight of such a prospect comes out.

In particular, in an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 News, Zelensky called Trump’s statement during the presidential debate with Biden that he alone knows the path to peace in Ukraine “a little scary.”

Ukrainian officials, both publicly and privately, say the prevalence of narrow partisan interests in the U.S., Russia’s ongoing efforts to stoke divisions, and the turmoil of the campaign and distractions of the White House combine to create an exceptionally difficult diplomatic challenge.

“Frankly speaking, we are now in a rather vulnerable situation,” Oleksandr Merezhko, head of the foreign policy committee of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, said in an interview.