16:54 Nov. 10, 2016
Moscow erupts in applause for President Trump, but it has nothing to propose to the US, says analyst Alexander Khara
On November 8 American businessman Donald J. Trump won the right to direct the future of the United States, much to shock and despair of many people throughout the country and the world.
Mr. Trump had based his election campaign on enmity towards ethnic minorities, which split the population of the United States in half, and caused his opponents to take the protest to the streets after the election was over.
While this remains a problem for the Americans, Trump's messages about Putin made Ukraine, which is reliant on the US support against aggressive Russia, worried.
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His controversial statements, combined with Trump's presumable connections with Moscow leaves Kyiv cautious. So is it time for Ukraine to panic?
No, and politicians shouldn't be judged by their statements, because they often want to exploit sensitive issues, Ukrainian political expert Alexander Khara says.
Even though the Russian Parliament erupted in applause when Trump won the election, the analyst is not convinced that Moscow will reach an agreement with Washington.
‘I'm not sure Russians will be happy with such an extravagant candidate, at the moment he is not predictable, he is sort of a wild card, nobody knows what his real policy will be about and the ideology behind it. And there is nothing Russia can propose to the Americans, to change the course of the US', Khara adds.
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In addition, Trump is a member of the Republican party, which has won a majority in Congress. To make a U-turn towards Russia, he will have to get approval of the Republicans, some of which, by the way, don't endorse his ideas.
‘American nation is divided, so is the Republican party. It will be hard for the Trump administration to negotiate with Congress on the drastic changes in the policy. I believe the Republican majority will guide Mr. Trump in the direction, more suitable for a Republican candidate', Khara says.
Ukraine, in turn, is not that important to the President of the United States, other members of his administration will most likely curate the issue. Trump's stance on the country will become clearer after he names the candidates for the key positions in his government, such as the State Secretary or the National Security Adviser.
Still, Kyiv has already said it will try to find a way to work with Trump, hoping to stay among the top priorities for the American government. It's a challenge for the Ukrainian leadership, and failing to win the next President over could significantly lower Kyiv's chances to deal with Russia.