MOSCOW, December 23 – RIA Novosti, Mikhail Katkov. According to the leading American media, the President of Ukraine did not achieve his goals in the talks in Washington. At the same time, as some congressmen have noted, his speech in parliament was more like a performance than an attempt at dialogue. Why did not Zelensky receive all the “gifts” for the New Year in the material of RIA Novosti.
The visit to the United States was Zelensky’s first overseas trip since the start of the Russian special operation. Its main task was to negotiate new arms and ammunition deliveries. That is why at the Congress he spoke for a long time about the heroism of the Ukrainian soldiers, the Russian threat that cannot be hidden even beyond the ocean, and the resilience of Kiev, which needs the daily support of the world community.
The deputies accepted Zelensky as their own. The speech was interrupted by applause 18 times. Everything he wanted seemed to be given to him. However, the US midterm elections in early November changed a lot. Parliament’s low pay went to the Republican Party, which did not hide its skepticism about funding the Kyiv regime.
According to The Washington Post, after Zelensky’s speech, Kevin McCarthy, chairman of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, said he supports Ukraine but wants to control how American aid is used. Congressmen Lauren Bobert from Colorado and Matt Gaetz from Florida did not give the distinguished guest a round of applause. Representative Chip Roy from Texas called what he saw as “political theatre” staged by the outgoing congressional leadership. Hill notes that out of 213 Republican congressmen, only 86 came to listen to Zelensky.
According to Bloomberg, on December 22, the Democratic Party wanted to quickly vote for a $45 billion aid package for Kyiv, but was only able to do so in the second attempt. Republicans blocked the initiative for the first time. Democratic Senator Chris Koons stressed that some party members are also against it.
Joe Biden assured Zelensky that Washington intends to support Kiev for as long as it takes. Even if the Republicans are stubborn, the Ukrainian army can be supplied under Lend-Lease. As in WWII, aid recipients are assumed to only pay enough to survive after hostilities have ended.
Tanks for Peace
However, not everything went well at the presidential level either. In a personal meeting, Zelensky did not hesitate to insult Russian President Vladimir Putin. The American was more shy. The Washington Post explains this by saying that Biden does not want a direct confrontation with Moscow.
For the same reason, he refused to transfer the M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. According to Biden, this could break NATO’s unity because very few people there are willing to go to war with Russia. Prior to this, the Pentagon noted that Kiev already has enough military vehicles, and American models are very complex. It is noteworthy that Germany previously announced its reluctance to supply Abrams before the Americans did.
Politico writes that Zelensky is disappointed. “We want to get more ‘Patriot’ (and not a single division, as promised. – Approx. ed.),” he said, surrounded by American officials and journalists. And he added, “I’m sorry.”
According to the media, Biden used the meeting with Zelensky to have a serious conversation about ongoing hostilities. The US President tried to explain that he was cautious, and his counterpart made it clear that Kiev only trusts Washington. At the same time, they tried to agree on a joint approach to future negotiations with Moscow, but The Washington Post writes that this is more of an academic discussion. In front of the people, the Ukrainian president simply repeated that entire regions “must be liberated”.
Behind the scenes
Experts interviewed by RIA Novosti believe that Biden needs this meeting more than Zelensky. Kyiv remains an American puppet and all attempts to gain independence are doomed to failure.
“The Americans inflated Zelensky into a world-class leader and fell into their trap. The President of Ukraine dreamed that he would determine American policy. Biden called him and reminded him that only the White House will decide how things will develop. Ukraine Russian Academy of Sciences USA and Canada “Zelensky has been on a leash for a long time,” says Vladimir Vasiliev, principal investigator at the Institute.
Denis Denisov, head of the Peacekeeping Initiatives and Conflict Research Institute, emphasizes that the Americans are giving Kiev exactly as many weapons as they need to maintain the conflict at the level they need. “The situation on the front is analyzed not at the Ukrainian General Staff, but at the Pentagon, and decisions about the types of supplies are made there. In this case, Kiev’s interests are secondary,” he states.
Experts are sure that if the President of Ukraine had gotten out of control, he would not have received such a magnificent welcome. Another confirmation of this is the absence of explanations for a peaceful and diplomatic solution. As for Zelensky’s unfulfilled hopes, experts point to the reluctance of about half of Americans to directly participate in hostilities.
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