Kamala Harris: Support for Ukraine must not depend on political games in the US

"We cannot play political games, politicians have no role in what is fundamentally at stake," said Kamala Harris at a press conference in Munich

by Sededin Dedovic
Kamala Harris: Support for Ukraine must not depend on political games in the US
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At today's Munich Security Conference, US Vice President Kamala Harris issued a stark warning, arguing that the United States must remain steadfast in its support for Ukraine and not allow it to become a pawn in a political game, especially as the Republican opposition under Donald Trump continues to block crucial aid.

. "We cannot afford to play political games. Politicians have no role in what is fundamentally at stake," Harris emphasized at a press conference in Munich together with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky described the US aid as "critically important", underscoring the importance of ongoing aid amid Ukraine's challenges.

Harris and Zelensky participated in discussions on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of diplomacy and defense. Reflecting on their previous meeting two years ago at the same venue, Harris recalled meeting Zelensky "five days before Russia's unjustified and brutal invasion of Ukraine." As Ukraine faces a critical need for new arms shipments, the US vice president sought to reassure European allies in Munich of a potential resurgence in Trump's presidency, raising concerns about a return to US isolationism, a stance that runs counter to NATO principles.

"In the USA there is bipartisan support for Ukraine. We are unwavering. And that has nothing to do with the election cycle. It has to do with who we are and what kind of country we want to be," concluded the vice president of the USA.

In her address to global leaders on Friday, Harris defended a vision of American commitment that contrasted with Trump's, affirming that the United States would not back down. Zelensky confirmed that he is not considering any alternative to the central role of the United States and that it remains Ukraine's biggest partner and key ally.

"We expect the US to remain our strategic partner," said the Ukrainian president. According to him, the aid package of about 60 billion dollars proposed by the US administration and currently suspended in Congress will not independently determine the outcome of the conflict in Ukraine, but "will undoubtedly pave the way to victory." There is great geopolitical tension surrounding Ukraine after the fall of Avdiivka, now more than ever Ukraine needs consistent support from the United States, regardless of domestic political maneuvers.

Ukraine is neither financially nor militarily capable of resisting a much stronger aggressor, so international support and assistance remain vital.