If Ukraine engages in political games instead of reforms, the West may turn away from it, Pifer said. He hopes that the new government will work effectively and promptly, otherwise there is a risk that the West's patience runs out. It is not endless, he said.
According to Pifer, the new U.S. president will continue to assist Ukraine if the Ukrainian leadership carries out intensive reforms and truly fights corruption. The question is what Ukraine the new American president will see in nine months. If Ukraine is plunged into a political crisis without any reforms, the president will be tempted to say, let the Europeans deal with Ukraine themselves. And this is bad," he stressed.
Pifer recognized that inhibition of reforms in Ukraine is beneficial to the Kremlin, which uses the conflict in the Donbas to pressure the government of Ukraine.