The Ukrainian authorities have invited the governor of Florida, the Republican Ron DeSantis, to visit the country after the US politician assured the day before that the war in Eastern Europe should not be a priority for Washington.
“While the United States has many vital national interests, such as securing our borders, addressing our Army’s readiness crisis, or achieving energy security and independence (…), getting further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them,” DeSantis told Fox News.
In this context, the spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Oleg Nikolenko, has invited the governor of Florida to travel to Ukrainian territory to “gain a deeper understanding of the large-scale invasion of Russia and the threats they pose to the interests of the United States”.
In a post on his official profile on the social network Twitter, Nikolenko has alluded to DeSantis’ past as a military man and his experience in the Iraq war to suggest that the governor “knows the difference between a ‘dispute’ and a war.”
DeSantis, whose candidacy for the 2024 presidential election in the United States is assumed, pointed out on Monday that President Joe Biden is getting too involved in the war in Ukraine, thus betting on reducing economic and arms aid to Kiev.