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 If Clinton wins, she may decide to arm Ukraine, - former US Ambassador Pifer

If Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton wins the race and becomes president of the United States, she is most likely to retain key elements of President Barack Obama's policy towards Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports referring to ZN.UA citing former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer.

Pifer believes Clinton will continue to support Kyiv and German Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts in the Minsk process. She is also likely to retain economic sanctions against Russia for as long as the Kremlin's behavior remains unchanged.

Moreover, she may take a bit harder stance against Russia. For example, depending on a situation, Clinton's administration may consider providing lethal military aid to Ukraine, which Obama's administration has consistently rejected, Pifer says.

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Speaking of Republican candidate Donald Trump's possible victory, the diplomat noted the U.S. policy may change not only towards Ukraine but also NATO, particularly in the light of the billionaire's scandalous rhetoric.

Regardless of whether Clinton or Trump will be the U.S. next president, the new administration will have a lot of issues on its foreign policy agenda. The Ukrainian issue will depend on the image of Kyiv. The more vigorously the government will carry out reforms and serious anti-corruption measures, the more likely that Ukraine will be among the priorities of the new administration, Pifer remarked.

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