DOI: 10.17721/2521-1706.2022.14.2

Nazarii Lutsenko,

Ph. D. student (History), Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine

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Abstract. The article deals with the relations between the United States of America, Great Britain and Ukraine. The major task of this study is to provide an analysis of the tripartite partnership between the states and to find out the place of Ukraine in the «special relations». The chronological boundaries of the article are determined by the presidential term of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Methodology of the article: historical-political and historical-comparative methods are used to determine changes in relations in the Washington-Kyiv-London triangle. The analysis method was applied to assess the place of Ukraine in the «special relations» of the United States and Great Britain. The article’s scientific novelty is rethinking Ukraine’s place in the «special relations» between the United States and Great Britain.

Conclusions. It is especially noted that the United States of America and the United Kingdom began to develop relations with Ukraine during 2017–2022 intensively. It was caused by the geopolitical situation in Eastern Europe. The annexation of Crimea, the invasion of the Russian army in Ukraine and the Russian government’s support of separatists in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions made Ukraine a center of the US and the UK foreign policy. This investigation proves that the role of Ukraine in «special relations» has strengthened. In fact, the state has turned into a strategic ally of the United States and Great Britain in the region. The main reason for such changes was the desire of London and Washington to have a strong and stable ally in Eastern Europe in opposition to Moscow.

The United States and Great Britain failed to respond in time to Russian military aggression in Ukraine and did not fulfill their obligations presented in the Budapest Memorandum. The re-awareness of the importance of Ukraine on the geopolitical map of the world by the British-American elite prompted the establishment of a strategic partnership in the period of 2017–2021.

Key words: USA, Great Britain, Ukraine, «special relations», Ukrainian-British relations, Ukrainian-American relations.

Submitted: 13.06.2022



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