Kyiv should stay out of US politics

11 Jun 2020

(NEE) There have been certain developments in Ukraine over the last few weeks that appeared to endanger its key relationship with the United States, and they also have the potential to impact the course of the American presidential elections. In late April, a judge in Kyiv announced that the former Vice President Joe Biden is involved in a case put forward by the former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. On May 19th, a member of the Ukrainian parliament, Andriy Derkach, presented recordings of conversations in 2015 and 2016 between Biden and the former president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, implying that wrong-doing took place. Finally, and most alarmingly, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a comment the following day that suggested there would be further investigations into the matter.

In his May 20th press-conference president Zelenskyy touted the investigation into Joe Biden’s actions regarding Ukraine as he served as vice-president. Despite the fact that no new information has emerged from the recordings, there is now a sense of a renewed tension. [...]

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