- Zelensky said Trump should go with him to see the “real war,” but added that “it depends on his wishes.”
- Harris pledged support for Ukraine and said they must stop ‘aggressor’ Russia or Putin ‘will move forward’
President Zelensky invited Donald Trump to go “to the front lines” to see the “real war,” while Kamala Harris pledged “unwavering” support for Ukraine despite the aid stalemate in Congress.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Friday, Vice President Harris supported Zelensky, saying “we must be unwavering and we cannot play political games” as that would allow Putin to “take land with impunity” and “move forward.”
But Congress, led by a Republican majority, has been deadlocked for months on more aid to Ukraine, with $47 billion, as part of a currently stalled $66 billion aid and migration package.
Meanwhile, at the conference, when asked if it would be a good idea to invite former President Trump to kyiv, Zelensky said: “I invited him publicly, but it depends on his wishes.”
“If… he comes, I’m ready to even go with him to the front,” he said, promising to show him the “real war away from Instagram.”
Vice President Kamala Harris pledged unwavering support for Ukraine and said they had to stop the ‘aggressor’
vice president Harris He said after meeting Zelensky later Saturday in Munich that “it is in the strategic interest of the United States to continue our support.”
‘History shows us: if we allow an aggressor like Putin to take land with impunity, he will continue. Other potential attackers become emboldened,” Harris said.
He said that “we must be unwavering and we cannot play political games.”
He added: “Political cunning plays no role when it comes to fundamentally the importance of supporting an ally while it endures unprovoked aggression.”
Despite his words of support, Congress, led by a Republican majority, has been deadlocked for months over more aid for America’s allies.
The United States has already given $75 billion in both humanitarian assistance and weapons to Ukraine since Putin invaded two years ago, and support has steadily declined among Republicans who see no clear way out of the conflict.
Zelensky told reporters that the aid package stalled in Congress “is vital.”
It would be a step forward for Ukraine, and “moving forward is much, much better than stagnation on the battlefield,” he said, stressing that kyiv is counting on the United States to remain a “strategic partner.”
Zelensky and Harris warned that Putin ‘will move forward’
Their meeting comes as billions of dollars in U.S. aid to Ukraine is stalled in Congress.
Zelensky warned that they are short of weapons and said the aid bill is ‘vital’
Asked whether it would help to invite Trump to kyiv, Zelensky said: “I invited him publicly, but it depends on his wishes.”
“If… he comes, I’m ready to even go with him to the front.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Congress’s delay has meant a drop in the flow of American weapons and ammunition, with a direct impact on the front lines.
“Every week we wait means there will be more people killed on the front lines in Ukraine,” he said.
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, whose country has a direct border with Russia, recalled the history of the 1930s.
“If the United States isolates itself, it will eventually cost them more,” he said, warning that if “aggression bears fruit somewhere, it serves as an invitation to use it elsewhere, endangering global security.”