Before pleading for additional Patriot missile systems built in the United States, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed that he is worried about a potential return of President Trump to the White House in 2024.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a Wall Street Journal interview that he is worried about Donald Trump’s potential reelection next year and expressed uncertainty about how the Republican front-runner would have responded if Russia had invaded while he was president.
The president of the state of Ukraine also applauded the Biden administration’s reaction, which has consistently provided the country in Eastern Europe with billions of dollars worth of arms assistance since Moscow’s incursion started last year.
When asked about how he felt regarding Donald Trump, Zelensky acknowledged that he felt more at ease interacting with Joe Biden and that a Republican-led administration may be challenging for his war effort.
Zelensky stated to the interviewer, “President Biden is the president throughout a full-scale war and his administration has been more helpful to us compared to President Trump,” qualifying the assertion by saying there “was no full-scale war” ongoing when Trump was in office.
“When there is support,” Zelensky remarked, “You feel afraid of changes in circumstances like this. And to be honest, I have the same reaction as everyone else when you discuss a change in administration… You desire improvements, but sometimes things work the opposite way.”
He added that the 45th American president did not appear to be concerned that Ukrainian territory, specifically Crimea, had become invaded by Russia during his term as president after being illegally “taken over” by Russia under the Obama presidency in 2014. He also seemed uneasy with Donald Trump’s assertion that he was going to able to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the Ukraine War within 24 hours.
According to reports, Zelensky also took use of the conversation to plead with the West for additional Patriot missile systems, insisting that his nation now lacks sufficient numbers of the defensive weaponry to defend both the frontlines and city dwellers.
“There is now just one weapon available that can thwart some of the missiles the Russian Federation has fired against our civilian population, educational institutions, infrastructure, and electricity grid,” he stated. “The Patriot is the only system in the world.”
According to the Ukrainian president, “50 Patriots” would be sufficient to defend Ukraine from Russian airstrikes “for the most part,” suggesting that such weapons would be very helpful in any Ukrainian counteroffensive.
At least two Patriot batteries, which include rockets, a potent radar system, a control center, and other apparatus, are now in Ukraine. Zelesnky’s demand for up to 50 would therefore be a huge ask for the West, with each Patriot platform apparently costing more than one billion dollars.