🔴 Twelve Points to Strengthen the Strategic Partnership between the United States and Ukraine
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Ukrainian politicians congratulated Joe Biden on his victory, and the American people on the presidential campaign&# 160;
As you know, the American media tracking the counting process, on Saturday morning, came to the conclusion that Joe Biden came out ahead in Pennsylvania with a confident lead, thereby breaking the threshold of 270 electoral votes necessary for election as the 46th president of the United States. Shortly thereafter, when this was confirmed, news outlets predicted Biden’s victory..
This is why media outlets, including Voice of America, are calling the former vice president a “predictable winner.” Usually, when news organizations make this prediction, the losing candidate will soon admit defeat and congratulate their opponent. President Donald Trump has not yet done so, claiming election fraud and promising to go to court..
The reaction of the official Kiev to the events in the USA was not long in coming. As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted on November 7, Ukraine is optimistic about the future of a strategic partnership with the United States..
“Ukraine and the United States have always cooperated in the field of security, trade, investment, democracy, and the fight against corruption. Our friendship is only getting stronger! ” – noted Vladimir Zelensky.
Verkhovna Rada Speaker Dmitry Razumkov congratulated the American people on the holding of the presidential elections in the United States.
“A sign of their success was the record number of those wishing to exercise their suffrage. This is transparent democracy in action. I am confident in the continuation of strategic cooperation between our countries! ” – stressed the chairman of the Ukrainian parliament.
The national news agency Ukrinform publishes a photo report on Joe Biden’s meetings with representatives of the Ukrainian authorities in different periods of interstate relations in 2009-2017. Ukrinform notes that in the status of US Vice President Joe Biden visited Ukraine six times and met with Viktor Yushchenko, Yulia Tymoshenko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Oleksandr Turchinov, Volodymyr Lytvyn, Volodymyr Groisman and Petro Poroshenko.
On his Facebook page, the fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, expressed “warmest congratulations to Joe Biden – a fighter, statesman and newly elected President of the United States!”
It was an impressive albeit tough campaign that both candidates made unrivaled and intriguing at every turn. This is democracy. And this is the example that we follow in Ukraine, despite the existential challenges that we will continue to confront, “Petro Poroshenko stressed..
Congratulations and waiting
By the evening of November 7, international media reported that Joe Biden was congratulated by the Chairman of the Spanish Government Pedro Sanchez, Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander de Kroo, President of Finland Sauli Niiniste, Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. Later, the congratulations were joined by former US Secretary of State, ex-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as former US presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Barack Obama..
Meanwhile, the Kremlin preferred to wait for the official summing up of the US elections before congratulating the country’s president-elect. This was announced on November 9 by the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov. “Anticipating your possible question about congratulating [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to the US President-elect, I want to say the following: we consider it correct to wait for the official summing up of the election results,” a Kremlin spokesman said..
Among those who continue to wait with congratulations to Joe Biden are the leaders of Turkey, China and Hungary.
Deputy Director of the Ukrainian Institute for the Study of Extremism Bohdan Petrenko expressed hope that US policy towards Ukraine under President Biden will be more predictable.
“The defeat of Donald Trump in the elections on a global scale is, first of all, the defeat of the populists. I would like to believe that “systemic” politicians will begin to come to power, this will become a global trend, and “one day” politicians will start working for the future, ”says Bogdan Petrenko to the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America.
He believes that the already existing bipartisan support of the United States is important for Ukraine, but it was the Democratic Party that systematically worked with the “Ukrainian issue”.
“She has better awareness and more understanding of the problems faced by our country. But if we look, for example, at the activity of the Congress, we will understand that both Republicans and Democrats unequivocally supported Ukraine in its confrontation with Russia and defending its own sovereignty, ”notes Bogdan Petrenko.
According to him, after the completion of the discussions on the elections in the United States, one should also expect the activation of the policy of official Washington, as an informal, but quite effective mediator in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Dialogue with the winning team
Political scientist Oleg Lisny believes that at this stage it is important for Ukraine to voice clear signals about maintaining strategic relations with the United States.
“And now the office of the president and the foreign ministry, given that Biden has already formed a team, still need to establish contacts with it as soon as possible. It is quite possible that it is possible to negotiate the resumption of the post of special envoy for Donbass, which was occupied by Kurt Volker, “Oleg Lisnyy tells the Voice of America correspondent..
Oleg Lisny emphasizes that in these American elections, Ukrainian politicians and Ukrainian public leaders have demonstrated equidistance in their sympathies to each of the candidates for the US presidency..
“Since it was not ‘who’ that was important to us, but what was going to happen next was important. And in this regard, there is a positive – the mistakes of the previous political team were taken into account, we were less fixated on personalities, and this is positive. We must understand that a lot depends on the personalities in the post of the country’s leader, but not less on bipartisan support. These two factors are at the same level, without which it is difficult to build normal relations with the United States, ”Oleg Lisny emphasizes..
The political scientist notes that the inauguration of Joe Biden will take place in a couple of months and Donald Trump will remain in office until that time..
Elections and the strategic nature of the relationship
According to an international political scientist Andrey Buzarov, election results in the United States will not affect the strategic nature of relations with Ukraine.
“From a military-political standpoint, we are a strategic partner of the United States in Europe. For us, the United States is an important ally in the situation in Donbass, ”Andrei Buzarov says to the Voice of America Russian Service correspondent..
The political scientist believes that for “individual politicians – with national-radical rhetoric”, focusing on relations with the Democratic Party, such as Petro Poroshenko, Alexander Turchinov, the issue of changing presidents in the United States remains fundamentally important..
“But we are unlikely to see a qualitatively new approach under Joe Biden in the situation in Donbass, different from what was during the presidency of Poroshenko. Perhaps we will see a new special representative for Donbass, ”says Andrey Buzarov.
It is pertinent to recall that the Trump administration has repeatedly taken tough measures in response to Russian challenges, expressed a principled position on Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and expanded military assistance to Ukraine..