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 Abromavicius' resignation may weaken international support for Ukraine, - Steven Pifer

Expert of the Brookings Institution, diplomat, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer believes that in case Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Aivaras Abromavicius resigns, the IMF, the EU, and the U.S. support will start to wane.

Censor.NET reports referring to UNIAN.

The resignation of Mr Abromavicius makes the West question Ukrainian government's loyalty to reforms and struggle against corruption, Pifer notes.

According to the American diplomat, the joint statement by the ambassadors of nine countries on the Abromavicius' resignation reflects this concern.

Pifer says Kyiv has to accept this statement very seriously and send a strong and clear message of its willingness to solve these problems. Otherwise, the support from the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and the United States will start to wane, he adds.

See more: "Thank you everyone!" - Abromavicius thanked Economic Development and Trade Ministry team for cooperation. PHOTO

As previously reported, on Feb. 3, Abromavicius decided to resign as minister of economic development and trade and called on the parliament to vote on the issue on Feb. 4.

According to the minister, the decision was triggered by political strain put on him by Poroshenko Bloc first deputy chairman Ihor Kononenko and the Presidential Administration.

Ambassadors of European countries, the U.S., and Canada issued a joint statement against the resignation of the minister, urging the Ukrainian leaders to leave their vested interests in the past.

On the same day, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Abromavicius should remain in office and continue the implementation of reforms.
 
 
 
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