The United States should resume a dialogue with Ukraine on issues of geostrategic importance. This opinion was expressed by the ex-special representative of the US State Department for Ukraine Kurt Volker in a column on the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).
“Ukraine’s success remains strategically important for the West as never before. Now is the time for the United States to renew its engagement and support. Secretary Blinken’s telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Kuleba was a good start. Next, there should be a call from President Biden to President Zelensky and the beginning of the renewed strategic partnership across the entire spectrum of issues, "Volker writes.
The diplomat notes that Washington is now rightly focused on the fight against the coronavirus and the revitalization of the economy, on addressing issues of racial and social justice.
At the same time, the issue of national security in connection with the growing competition between the "great powers", in particular between the United States and China, increasingly dominates American thinking.
"The world has a lot of hope for a return to traditional models of US engagement and leadership, but recognizes that the new administration will take time," Volker said.
At the same time, he added that "anxiety is growing" in Ukraine, which Biden's team can easily dispel.
"I will present this from a Ukrainian point of view: President Biden spoke with Russian President Putin about Ukraine only a week after taking office, without prior consultations with Ukraine, which is a victim of Russian aggression. He has not yet spoken to President Zelensky, but called about 30 other heads of state, "the diplomat writes.
He added that in a White House statement following a conversation with Putin, it was noted that President Biden had reaffirmed US support for Ukrainian sovereignty. However, according to Volker, among other things, it was not noted that the United States supports the "territorial integrity" of Ukraine.