If nominated and confirmed in the job, Huntsman would take the place previously held by one of the country’s most distinguished professional diplomats, John Tefft, well-known in Kyiv during his assignment as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
Photo: John Huntsman (file)
Analyst: “The Ukrainian government has a strong case, with a positive ruling in its favor all but certain given the ample evidence and general consensus among the international community…Sooner or later, the Russian government will have to bear the financial burdens for its destructive actions.”
Analysis: “We believe that the approval of an agricultural land market, not just the preparation of legislation, will be among the key demands of the updated memorandum since Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk had mentioned this point in his talks with the IMF.”
Analyst: “Given statements by both President Trump and Vice President Pence last week regarding Ukraine and maintaining the sanctions regime, all indicators thus far still point toward U.S. policy on the matter staying in the same direction in the near term.”
<Moscow has decried comments made by Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, in which he labeled Vladimir Putin 'a killer' during an interview with Donald Trump. The US president had repeatedly reiterated his respect for Putin.
<New U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley
"Eastern Ukraine, of course, is not the only part of the country suffering because of Russia's aggressive actions. The United States continues to condemn and call for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of Crimea," Haley said.
Worried Ukrainian leaders were heartened by the statement that suggests the Trump administration is beginning to comprehend Russia’s support for criminal elements among pro-Russian separatists and the supply of both Russian Army personnel and heavy weapons. The statement below originated within the office of the U.S. Secretary of State and was supplied to UBO at 23:25 on Jan 31, 2017 via the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.
<Many of the sanctions imposed on Russia can be lifted quickly - with a swift brush of Donald Trump’s pen. But he already faces opposition, with Senator John McCain promising to fight the lifting of sanctions on Moscow.