Ukraine will not allow itself any interference in the US elections and will not spoil relations with the United States. The corresponding statement was posted by President Volodymyr Zelensky on his Facebook page.
According to him, preventing Ukraine’s involvement in US domestic policy is a matter of national security, and interfering in another country’s sovereign elections is unacceptable under any circumstances.
“In its turn, Ukraine is absolutely convinced that our partners are not less respectful of our sovereign right to internal affairs and internal choice of their priorities. Only with such principles it is possible to build strong strategic partnerships,” it said in the text.
Zelensky’s words were the response to a statement by US counterintelligence chief William Evanina. According to the latter, United States intelligence believes that the Russian Federation is interfering in the US elections due to the publication by the People’s Deputy of Ukraine Andriy Derkach of recordings of conversations with the participation of former Vice President Joseph Biden.
Nowadays, Biden is the Democratic presidential candidate, so the release of the audio recordings by the pro-Russian parliamentarian is considered as an attempt to discredit the politician and influence the results of the American will.
“We estimate that Russia is using a number of measures to denigrate former Vice President Biden in the first place, and what it perceives as an anti-Russian ‘establishment.’ This is in line with Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was Vice President, for his role in the Obama administration’s policy toward Ukraine and for supporting the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia. Some Kremlin-linked figures are also seeking to glorify the candidacy of President Trump on social media and on Russian television.”
Moreover, in addition to Russia, China and Iran are suspected of trying to influence the upcoming elections.
It should be recalled that on 19 May, People’s Deputy of Ukraine Andriy Derkach released audio recordings of conversations between former US Vice President Joseph Biden and Ukraine’s fifth President Petro Poroshenko. According to the Ukrainian parliamentarian, these materials testify to the external influence of the Head of the Ukrainian state. Derkach said that he received the recordings from investigative journalists.
Poroshenko said that these audio materials were an attempt to influence the US attitude to Ukraine, and Biden’s campaign headquarters called the “films” an edited “bagel hole.”