If elected as U.S. president, Trump is unlikely to live out his statements on the recognition of Crimea's annexation by Russia. However, his presidency could lead to deterioration of relations between the U.S. and Europe as well as to softening of America's stance on the Kremlin. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine (2003-2006), director of the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center John E. Herbst told lb.ua, commenting on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's statements, Censor.NET reports.
According to the ambassador, Donald Trump says original and often irresponsible things about Russia, Ukraine and NATO, arguing, for example, that Russia did not invade Ukraine. However, he has already tried to quit this statement.
Herbst could not say whether Washington will reconsider its position on Crimea right up to recognizing it part of Russia, should Trump become president. However, he expressed hopes that people close to Trump will point to the short-sightedness of such actions.
John Herbst also believes that if Trump wins, the relations between the U.S. and Europe may grow complicated as he spoke well of nationalist forces in Europe that have led to the Brexit in UK.
Answering a question about how Ukraine should act in such a situation, the ambassador said that Ukrainian leaders should pursue the defense policy aimed at curbing the current aggression of Moscow; adopt laws for holding elections in the occupied territory, provided that all Russian troops and equipment are removed from the area; and step up the pace of reforms.
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