US politics: Trump's pro-Ukraine and pro-Russia appointments

15:25 Nov. 19, 2016

Trump's pro-Ukraine and pro-Russia appointments

Donald Trump (GettyImages Photo)

US President-elect has named new CIA chief and National Security Adviser 

US President-elect Donald Trump has offered the CIA chief position to Republican Mike Pompeo from Kansas, a vocal critic of the Obama administration's security policy, according to Reuters. 

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Back in April 2014, Pompeo visited Kyiv and had meetings with Ukrainian high-ranking officials.

‘To the degree that we can demonstrate support for the Ukrainian government, we can change Putin's calculus and increase the risk to him and to Russia for moving combat forces closer to Kyiv', Pompeo said afterwards, adding that Putin's goal was ‘to control Ukraine'.

Mike Pompeo (GettyImages Photo)

Trump's other appointment is less encouraging for Kyiv. The President-elect has chosen retired Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn to become his National Security Adviser.

Read also: Russians won't be happy with 'wild card' Trump – analyst

Known for his radical position towards Muslims, Flynn was seen at an anniversary party for the Kremlin-funded TV station Russia Today in Moscow, where he was seated next to Vladimir Putin.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Flynn acknowledged he had been paid to give a speech and attend the party. 

 Michael Flynn (C-L), sitting next to Vladimir Putin (AP Photo)

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