4 Aug 2022 7:42 am
As a well-known New York Times columnist reveals, US officials are more worried about Ukraine’s leadership than they publicly admit. Accordingly, Washington has massive problems with the Ukrainian President Zelensky. There is a “deep mistrust”.
According to Thomas L. Friedman, the well-known foreign policy columnist of the New York Times, there is “deep mistrust” between the government of US President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy. The US has been the most supportive of Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, providing billions of dollars in military aid and intelligence information, but Friedman says relations between Washington and Kyiv are not what they seem. The three-time Pulitzer Prize winner reports:
“Secretly, US officials are much more concerned about the Ukrainian leadership than they admit. There is a deep mistrust between the White House and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. Far more than was reported.”
The author describes Zelensky’s decision to fire Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova and State Security Service (SBU) chief Ivan Bakanov in mid-July as “strange things happening in Kyiv.”
“On July 17, Zelensky fired his country’s attorney general and head of domestic intelligence – the most significant upheaval to his government since February’s Russian invasion. That would be like ditching Biden on the same day as Merrick Garland [US-Justizminister] and Bill Burns [Chef der CIA] to fire.”
Friedman noted that he has not seen any reports in the US media that convincingly explain what this is all about. Friedman, who is considered to be well connected in the US political establishment, comes to the conclusion:
“It seems that we don’t want to look too closely under the covers in Kyiv for fear of corruption or scandals that we might discover – after investing so much there.”
The descriptions should not just be conjectures on the part of the author. Friedman said he would report more about the dangers at a later date. The contribution to Zelenskij can be found in a text that primarily revolved around the then unconfirmed visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-governing Chinese island of Taiwan, which Friedman criticized as “completely thoughtless, dangerous and irresponsible”.
Negative consequences could include a “Chinese military response that could result in the US being drawn into indirect conflicts with a nuclear-armed Russia and a nuclear-armed China simultaneously,” Friedman warned. The columnist urged Washington to “keep an eye on the price” instead of provoking Beijing.
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