Ukraine President Says Kyiv Staying out of US Internal Politics, Elections

By Reuters
August 9, 20202020 Electionshare
Ukraine President Says Kyiv Staying out of US Internal Politics, Elections
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gestures during an open-air news conference, one year after his inauguration, amid the outbreak of COVID-19 in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 20, 2020. (Sergey Dolzhenko/Pool via Reuters)

KYIV—Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday that it was a matter of Ukraine’s national security to stay out of U.S. internal politics, particularly its election.

“Ukraine did not and will not allow itself to interfere in the elections and thus harm our trusting and sincere partnership with the USA,” he wrote on Twitter late on Saturday.

“Never, under any circumstances, [is it] acceptable to meddle in another country’s sovereign elections,” Zelenskiy wrote.

Zelenskiy appealed to Ukrainian politicians to avoid any actions that could be linked to U.S. elections, nor allow themselves to try to solve any of their personal, political or business problems that way.

“Ukraine’s reputation is worth much more than the reputation of any of our politicians,” the president said.

Earlier this week, Zelenskiy told Reuters that he hoped U.S. support for Ukraine would remain strong regardless of who wins the American election.

By Natalia Zinets

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