Visiting the Davos World Economic Forum, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko offered his usual speech urging a global alliance to form to confront Russia militarily, something he’s been talking up, interspersed with predictions of imminent World War 3, since taking office.
Poroshenko offered a bit of an alternate version today, however, making a good chunk of the speech about Trump, insisting he thought Trump’s cabinet appointees were promising and that he believes the way to “make America great again” would be to lead the anti-Russia operations.
He went on to insist that NATO is not obsolete in any way, but serves as the only security bulwark against Russia on the entire planet, and that only NATO can “stop the aggression,” going on to express confidence that with NATO’s help, Ukraine would one day again rule over the Crimean Peninsula.
Poroshenko has made his political career on scapegoating Russia, of course, and this is just one more chance for a big speech hyping the world’s “obligation” to crack down on the Russians. It is unlikely, however, that President-elect Trump will take the comments too seriously, as he appears on track for at least some improvement in US-Russia ties, a stark contrast from the endless escalation of tensions that the last several years has seen.