There is no lack of trust between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy, U.S. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said during a press briefing on Aug. 2.
Biden has nothing but admiration and respect for the Ukrainian leader, Kirby noted.
“Yeah, the President has spoken many, many times to his admiration for President Zelenskyy’s leadership and courage in this time of war,” said Kirby.
“He has obviously spoken to President Zelenskyy personally many times, and he knows – understands the stress that President Zelenskyy and all the Ukrainian people are under.”
The United States remains “very committed” to continue to support Ukraine in its defense against the Russian invasion.
“He (Biden) has privately and publicly expressed that respect for President Zelenskyy and for the challenges that he and his fellow citizens are facing,” Kirby concluded.
The New York Times published a piece by Thomas L. Friedman on Aug. 1, which alleged there is “mistrust” between Washington and Kyiv over Zelenskyy’s July decision to dismiss Ukraine’s Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova and chief of SBU security service Ivan Bakanov.
“But I have still not seen any reporting that convincingly explains what that was all about,” Friedman wrote.
“It is as if we don’t want to look too closely under the hood in Kyiv for fear of what corruption or antics we might see when we have invested so much there.”