January 17th, 2017

Groovy Kol

Throwing Ukraine under the bus

The US election didn't just shock America and its allies in West Europe. It sent ripples that reached as far as Ukraine as well. For instance, the Ukrainian foreign minister hastily erased some scathing comments about Trump that he had made in FB prior to the election. Trump's cordial attitude to Putin doesn't promise anything good for Ukraine. The Ukrainians are concerned that these two love birds could decide their fate behind their back, without consulting them. Like in Yalta. They're afraid that the US could withdraw from East Europe and allow Putin to do whatever he wants there.

There was a recent WSJ analysis by Victor Pinchuk, a prominent Ukrainian oligarch who argues that Trump's victory in the US and the rising populism in Europe could force Ukraine to make painful compromises. He says Ukraine should quit its NATO aspirations for the time being and keep neutrality, while looking for alternative ways to guarantee its national security. A potential EU integration would also have to be postponed.

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