Ukraine fears being hostage to Washington's political games

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fears that the case of the telephone conversation with Donald Trump tarnishes the bipartisan support of his main ally.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump at their first meeting on the occasion of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 25. SAUL LOEB / AFP

Man of the art, the former comedian Volodymyr Zelensky escaped by a pirouette, for his first meeting with his American counterpart Donald Trump, Wednesday, September 25 in New York: "It's better to see yourself in real life than to talk to each other on the phone"joked the Ukrainian president, whose remarks were particularly scrutinized since his famous phone call with Mr. Trump on July 25, finds himself in the middle of a political storm in Washington. The American laughed yellow, while the Democrats started a procedure of impeachment.

But the case is also very embarrassing for Zelensky, even if it does not unleash the passions in Ukraine. Freshly elected, the young Ukrainian leader faces a sensitive issue in more ways than one.

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While the world press was trying to figure out, in the account of the conversation between the two men, compromising elements for Trump, the Ukrainian observers were amused by the repeated flattery uttered by their president. "You are a great teacher", "We are inspired by you", "I slept at the Trump Tower …"

Another very noteworthy output in Ukraine, the assurance that "The Attorney General is 100% a man of mine". Such a statement is bad for a man who has promised to free the institutions from any political or oligarchic supervision.

In European capitals, it is the attacks on Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron – which, according to Zelensky, "do not apply the sanctions" against Moscow – have attracted the attention, as well as the supposed lack of European support in Kiev.

Since 2014, Kiev has been working to obtain the widest diplomatic support against Russia

Volodymyr Zelensky is thus in the center of attention, he who has done everything in recent days to be forgotten and banned his troops to make any comment on the case. Because what is played goes well beyond a simple question of image, and goes well beyond the personality of Mr. Zelensky. Since 2014, in the wake of the annexation of Crimea and the war in Donbass, Kiev has worked to obtain the widest diplomatic support against Russia.


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