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President Zelensky: Joe Biden Could Strengthen Normandy Four Talks

Volodymyr Zelensky

Newly elected US president Joe Biden could take part in the talks in the “Normandy format” and strengthen them. He understands well the difference between Ukraine and the Russian Federation because, before his presidency, he had “deep relations with Ukraine.”

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated this in an interview with The New York Times.

“I liked the new president’s, Mr. Joe Biden, messages, that his team has a concept of a global strategic vision for security in Europe. And, of course, this is very important for us. Because if we talk about security in Europe, the only war in Europe now is the Donbas war. That is a war, Ukraine’s war,” Zelensky said.

In his opinion, Joe Biden knows Ukraine better than his predecessor because, even before his presidency, he had “deep relations with Ukraine, and understands Russians well.”

“He understands the difference between Ukraine and Russia and, I think, the mentality of Ukrainians well. That will greatly help to strengthen these relations and invest in the Donbas war’s settlement and our territories de-occupation. It seems to me that the United States can invest a lot,” the head of the state said.

In addition, Zelensky expressed hope for US support in the process of Donbas reintegration, as this “requires strong companies, technology, security and money,” and Ukraine will not cope with it on its own.

At the same time, the president of Ukraine would not want Russia and the United States to agree among themselves “on the whole world,” in particular, on peace in Donbas and its conditions. The head of the state also supposed that the United States could join the “Crimean platform” for the de-occupation of the Peninsula.

To recap, recently Dmitriy Peskov, the spokesman for Russia’s president, declared that the “difficult” situation with the fulfilment of the Paris agreements concerning Donbas doesn’t let the countries of “Normandy Four” move forward.

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