Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba attends a joint briefing with Dutch Foreign Minister Hanke Bruins Slot.
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told CNBC on Thursday that he doesn’t think there will be much of a shift in support away from his country if Donald Trump is re-elected as US president later this year.
Kuleba said: “So I think there is potential [Russian President Vladimir] Will Putin and Trump agree to something behind Ukraine’s back if Trump becomes president? I don’t.”
“And it’s not just me thinking out loud, it’s the reality that dictates the understanding of the dynamics,” he said, speaking to CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick at the World Economic Forum in Davos about Ukraine’s ongoing war with Russia.
Kuleba was referring to Trump’s approval of sanctions on Nord Stream 2, Russia’s major natural gas pipeline to Europe. He added that Trump was also “the first to sell lethal weapons to Ukraine».
When asked in Davos on Tuesday about the possibility of Trump serving a second term, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “One man alone cannot change the whole nation — that is my belief.”
Earlier, in his interview with CNBC, Kuleba said he “sees no reason to doubt the sincerity of the Biden administration’s commitments to continue helping Ukraine.”
“Nor do I have reason to believe that the Republican Party as a whole does not realize how fundamental it is to defeat Russia in Ukraine and not allow Russia to continue to destroy the world order built by America.”
“I mean, let’s be honest, the world we live in was built under American leadership,” he said.
The US administration continues to press Congress for further funding to support Ukraine in its war with Russia, which began in February 2022. The US has been a steadfast ally of Ukraine throughout the war, providing more than $75 billion in humanitarian, military and financial support. Washington’s latest planned aid to Ukraine – which could be as much as $60 billion – has been blocked in Congress as US President Joe Biden’s administration and House Republicans fail to approve a broader funding deal.
Zelensky met with both political leaders and major international investors in Davos this week, giving him an opportunity to discuss securing further aid and investment. Kuleba told CNBC that Zelensky had heard “encouraging” messages from both politicians and business leaders in Davos.
“The most important thing is that you feel, feel and hear the commitment, the commitment to stand by Ukraine, to continue to help in one way or another,” he said.
Neither side has seen significant progress in the war lately, with Ukraine’s counteroffensive not progressing as expected since last year.
—CNBC’s Ruxandra Iordache contributed to this article.
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