Trump the deal-maker should invest in Ukraine
President Trump can address his Russia headache – and lay the groundwork for improved relations with Moscow – when he meets the Ukrainian President tomorrow, according to a former NATO Secretary General. Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is calling on President Trump to invest time into his relations in Ukraine, which will create new […]
President Trump can address his Russia headache – and lay the groundwork for improved relations with Moscow – when he meets the Ukrainian President tomorrow, according to a former NATO Secretary General.
Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is calling on President Trump to invest time into his relations in Ukraine, which will create new opportunities for his Administration and American jobs.
First, Mr Rasmussen believes that a show of strength from the President will open the door for Washington to play a pivotal role in kick-starting ceasefire talks in Ukraine. In turn, the talks can open the way to new US export markets in a reforming Ukraine, and a better relationship with Russia for commerce and cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
Specifically, Mr Rasmussen has argued that the USA should:
- Provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons and a ‘Major Non-NATO Ally status;
- Strengthen economic sanctions on Russia by backing the Senate Bill;
- Appoint a special representative to Ukraine and Russia to help broker a solution;
- Commit the US Administration to playing a more active role in the ‘Minsk’ process.
In return, a ceasefire and restoration of Ukrainian control over Eastern Ukraine would:
- help the USA to open new business opportunities in a large European country;
- enable the President to normalise relations with Russia;
- help the President to address the ongoing Russia-related question mark that is hanging over his Administration.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said:
“President Trump has sent a powerful signal to Putin just by holding this meeting. However, he would be wasting an opportunity if he sees this as merely a courtesy call. He could see Ukraine as just a European problem, or as an American opportunity.
“A ceasefire and settlement in Ukraine could open a new 45-million-person marketplace for US exports, and clear the way to a more constructive US-Russia relationship on issues like trade and terrorism.
“Finding a solution on Ukraine requires world leaders to think outside the box, and nobody does that better than President Trump.
“In my experience of Putin he respects only the language of power. The US will need to start with a show of strength, by bolstering economic sanctions and helping Ukraine to defend itself with lethal defensive weapons.
“This will open the door to Donald Trump the deal-maker to sit down with Putin, having gained his respect.
“The current European efforts to halt Russia’s proxy war in Ukraine have kept all sides at the table, but it has not stopped the daily casualties. American leadership is needed to defuse the ticking time bomb in Eastern Europe and find a new formula to bring about a ceasefire and restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty in the East.
“Kyiv wants greater security. Moscow wants to lift sanctions. President Trump wants to put his Russia demons to bed. A bold gambit in his meeting with Poroshenko could lay the foundation for a win-win all round.”