Trump’s claims on stopping Russia Ukraine war disputed by some

 Trump’s claims on stopping Russia Ukraine war disputed by some

In emails, rallies and broadcast interviews, former President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted he would have prevented Russia’s brutal invasion of neighboring Ukraine if he were still in the Oval Office.

The boasting, however, overlooks Trump’s sordid Ukraine policy, which was mired in scandal and led to a constitutional crisis. Namely, an impeachment that drew a field of Floridians into the spotlight, from Rudy Giuliani to Boca Raton businessman Lev Parnas, to Congresswoman Val Demings to former Attorney General Pam Bondi. 

John Bolton (left), who served as former president Donald Trump's national security adviser, said don't expect Trump to go on a peace-negotiating trip to Moscow. "He's not capable of it," Bolton said. "This would require thinking through a policy and considering the pluses and minuses, the risks and costs involved. That's just not what he does."

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In interviews, officials and experts who closely watched what transpired in 2019 question whether Trump aggravated what was already a volatile international affairs challenge on the European continent by withholding military aid, roping Ukraine into domestic U.S. politics, guilt-by-association smearing of the country’s new president and denigration of the NATO alliance.

“I think all contributed to a precarious status for Ukraine, which would have continued in a second term [for Trump],” said former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

In 1994, U.S., London, Moscow agreed to safeguard Ukraine’s sovereignty

The U.S. showed support for Ukraine in 2014, support that continued for years until "the phone call."

The goal of the July 2019 phone call, in which Trump said he “perfectly” stated U.S. views, was a desire by Trump for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to probe corruption conspiracies about then-presidential candidate Joe Biden and his family.

Dissatisfied with Zelenskyy’s non-compliance, Trump froze $250 million in security aid to Ukraine and did not invite Zelenskyy to the White House.

That military aid, however, was part of a long-term commitment. 

In 1994, Washington, along with London and Moscow, had agreed to safeguard Ukraine’s sovereignty in the so-called Budapest Memorandum. In return, Kyiv agreed to give up its Soviet Union-era nuclear weapons.

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