Jan 31, 2024

President Pavel Warns of Risks in Potential Trump-Putin Agreement

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European nations must seriously consider the potential risks of Donald Trump winning the U.S. election and crafting an agreement with Vladimir Putin, which could be disadvantageous for both Ukraine and Europe, Czech President Petr Pavel said on Jan. 30.

“It’s not about undermining transatlantic ties, it’s not about questioning the United States as an ally, but we have to realistically recognize that Donald Trump sees many things differently,” Pavel said.

Ukraine, unlike Russia, currently has limited capabilities on the battlefield, he said. Therefore, the allies recommend limiting offensive actions and strengthening the defense.

For this purpose, Kyiv needs not only purely defensive weapons but also weapons that can disrupt the supply routes of the Russian army, such as artillery, longer-range cruise missiles, and F-16 aircraft, stated Pavel.

Trump repeatedly claimed that he would swiftly end Russia’s war against Ukraine within 24 hours if re-elected as president.

Additionally, he expressed willingness to “allow” Russia to take over parts of Ukraine, arguing that Washington is providing Ukraine with excessive weaponry.

Incumbent U.S. President Joe Biden officially announced in April 2023 his candidacy for a second term in the 2024 elections.

Republican leader Donald Trump declared his candidacy for the 2024 White House race in November 2022, despite facing formal criminal charges.

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