Ukraine has reacted sharply to comments by former U.S. President Donald Trump that if Kyiv had given up claims to its territory of Crimea and renounced plans to join NATO it would have prevented Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Trump made the claims during an appearance on the The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show podcast.
Ukraine met the claims of Trump – who was impeached for trying to force Ukraine to investigate current U.S. President Joe Biden’s son Hunter for alleged corruption in Ukraine – with sharp criticism.
Ukraine’s Presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak called Trump’s statements nothing more than Russian propaganda.
“Russia would not attack if Ukraine had renounced NATO and Crimea! — an absurd ru-propaganda (trope) repeated by some Western politicians. But why?” Podolyak wrote in a tweet.
“Russia attacked because it wants to destroy Ukraine, kill children, frighten Europe with its cruelty. No need to look for excuses for non-humans.”
During the interview on the podcast, Trump said there would be no full-scale Russian invasion if he had been reelected as U.S. president. He also said if Ukraine agreed to give up Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula Russia occupied in 2014, or gave up aims to join NATO, Putin would have agreed to do a deal.
"And now I don't think he wants to make a deal,” Trump said. “I think it's much tougher to make a deal. He's blowing up the whole place. I mean, he'll take over the whole place. And it's very, very sad to watch what happened with Ukraine. Very, very sad.”
The former U.S president also claimed that he did not believe Putin wanted to invade the whole country before, but then he said that he now believes Putin will try to do so.