Ron DeSantis’ Ukraine Position Draws Criticism from Trump and Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has entered the fray on the most hot-button foreign policy issue of the day with his statement on the war in Ukraine.[0] In response to questions from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, DeSantis made a pointed repudiation of Washington’s consensus, saying that protecting Ukraine is not a “vital” national interest for the U.S. His position aligns DeSantis with former President Donald Trump at a time when the two appear to be on a collision course for the Republican nomination in 2024.[1]

[0] Governor DeSantis is opposed to providing Ukraine with offensive weapons, rather than defensive ones.[0] Sending Ukraine F-16 jets is something he is against.[0] He declared that it would be wrong to “put the United States in danger of getting involved in the conflict and possibly escalating it into a full-scale war between the two biggest nuclear powers in the world.”[0] He opposes the idea of promoting a change in leadership in Russia.[0] He refuses to give Ukraine an “unlimited” amount of aid.[0]

Daniel Larison, a foreign policy writer, has noted that all of these views are reasonable and already held by Joe Biden.[0] However, DeSantis’s position marks a turn from his stance as a member of Congress, where he was a vocal advocate for sending Kyiv weapons to combat Russia’s aggression at the time.[2]

DeSantis’s potential 2024 rivals pounced on his remarks as well.[3] Former President Trump told reporters that DeSantis was “following what I am saying. It is a flip-flop. He was totally different. Whatever I want, he wants,” while Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko said: “We are sure that as a former military officer deployed to a combat zone, Governor Ron DeSantis knows the difference between a ‘dispute’ and war. We invite him to visit Ukraine to get a deeper understanding of Russia’s full-scale invasion and the threats it poses to US interests.”[4]

0. “Ron DeSantis’ statement on Ukraine shows he’s Russia-friendly” MSNBC, 15 Mar. 2023,

1. “Once a darling of defense hawks, Ron DeSantis retreats” Yahoo Life, 17 Mar. 2023,

2. “Where the 2024 Republican presidential hopefuls stand on Ukraine” The Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2023,

3. “Harris slams DeSantis over Ukraine remarks, suggests he lacks experience” Fox News, 17 Mar. 2023,

4. “DeSantis’s Ukraine Stance Could Blow Up His 2024 Strategy” New York Magazine, 16 Mar. 2023,

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top