"There must be a peace that does not reward aggression": Desantis voiced his position on ending the war in Ukraine
Florida Governor Ron Desantis, considered Donald Trump's main rival for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, has said that Russia's war in Ukraine is not of primary interest to the United States. Desantis also did not answer a question about whether he would help Kyiv if he became U.S. president.
Potential U.S. presidential candidate Ron Desantis voiced his position on the war in Ukraine in an interview with CNN published on July 18. He also spoke about his vision for ending the war.
During the interview, Desantis called the war in Ukraine a "secondary or tertiary interest," but added that he "would be willing to help bring it to an end."
"The goal should be a sustainable, long-term peace in Europe, but one that doesn't reward aggression," Desantis said.
At the same time, the Florida governor did not respond to a question about whether he would stop arming and financially supporting Ukraine.
He advocated shifting the U.S. military's focus from Europe to Asia and China.
"I'm not going to reduce our stockpile and send it to Taiwan. I'm not going to reduce our ability to respond to emergencies," Desantis said.
At the same time, he called Taiwan's future a "significant interest" of the United States.
It is not the first time that Desantis has spoken out about the war that Russia has unleashed in Ukraine. In recent months, he has repeatedly commented on the military conflict and criticized the United States for military aid to Ukraine.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
Ron Desantis back in March 2023 characterized the war in Ukraine started by Russia as a "territorial dispute" and criticized Biden, who, according to Desantis, helps Ukraine excessively. The politician said that "further involvement in the territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia" is not one of the "vital national interests" of the states.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry responded to such a statement by inviting Ron Desantis to visit our country so that he could understand the difference between the "dispute" and the bloody actions of the Kremlin.
Ron Desantis' statements caused a lot of criticism in political circles. So just a few weeks later, he admitted that his statements were a poor choice of words and said that if he could have, he would have expressed himself more unambiguously.
A month ago, Desantis abruptly changed his position on the war unleashed by Russia. The politician called dictator Vladimir Putin a war criminal responsible for the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.