13:08 13.02.2017

Ukrainian authorities would have to make efforts to establish relations with Trump, his team – experts

KYIV. Feb 13 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian authorities would have to make efforts to establish relations with the new U.S. administration and U.S. President Donald Trump, experts have said.

"Ukrainian authorities did not have plan B in the case if Trump is elected U.S. president. No Poroshenko and Foreign Ministry are convulsively trying to bridge the gap and show that Ukraine has something the United States and Trump could be interested in. From the point of view of tactics, Ukrainian authorities should shape these practical and pragmatic things that would be interesting for Trump and his team, the United States in general, and secondly they should bring them earlier than Russian will do," Director of the Dialogue Institute of Social and Political Design, political analyst Andriy Myseliuk said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine.

Chairman of the Ukrainian Politics Institute, political analyst Kost Bondarenko said that the Ukraine's issue has not been discussed in the U.S. Department of State. He said that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should form his team now. He would have an assistant who will be engaged in European countries, including Eastern Europe. This assistant should have a special advisor for Ukrainian issues.

The political analyst said that at present there are several candidates and depending on the decision that will be made the U.S. policy towards Ukraine could vary.

Bondarenko said that former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Paula Jon Dobriansky of Ukrainian origin and famous Russian dissident Dimitri Simes are named as candidates to this post.

The expert said that Trump would never be pro-Russian president. He will be pro-American president and he will protect the interests of the Untied States, but if they coincide with the interests of Russia or some trade-offs on the international arena would play in favor of the United States, Trump would approve these trade-offs.

"I am afraid that one of these trade-offs could be Ukraine, which the United States does not understand now," Bondarenko said.

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