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Trump as a president: to do list of Ukrainian authorities

Author : (IWP) Institute of World Policy

Source : 112 Ukraine

Institute of World Policy has developed recommendations of the first steps Kyiv needs to do in the American direction
23:12, 11 November 2016

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Sensing victory of Donald Trump as a result of normal US presidential elections, and therefore be restrained and balanced in their reaction.

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Start communication through formal and informal channels with Donald Trump's command regarding the Ukrainian and the American vision of bilateral relations, the implementation of the Minsk agreements on sanctions against Russia and the internal reform of Ukraine.

Establish a dialogue with the US Vice President, who adheres to the classic views of the Republican Party on international relations. Initiate a dialogue with the representatives of the new administration the possibility of including issues related to Ukraine, in the portfolio of the new Vice President.

Establish contacts with the main contenders for the post of Secretary of State (Newt Gingrich, Robert Corker, John Bolton), the Minister of Defense and the National Security Advisor.

Invite Donald Trump to Ukraine to discuss the possibility of holding the summit in the United States before the inauguration. Separately, offer the possibility of holding regular telephone conversations on a high and the highest levels for the exchange of views.

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Emphasizes on the fact that Ukraine spends 5% of GDP on national security and defense, while not being a member of NATO - Ukraine thus not a "boarder" in security matters and as a result contributes to the strengthening of security in the Euro-Atlantic region.

In the dialogue with the US on security issues to focus on the development of human and institutional capacity, and to a lesser extent to raise the issue of the transfer of lethal defense weapons (anti-tank systems). At the same time, consider the possibility to come up with a proposal to the US government for the acquisition of the necessary military equipment to the required amount, thereby demonstrating the willingness to pay for their own safety.

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Make a separate emphasis on cooperation with the newly elected Senate and House of Representatives, thus making maximum use of bipartisan consensus in the US Congress on the comprehensive support of Ukraine in the conditions of Russia's aggression and the process of implementation of reforms.

Active inter-parliamentary activities to promote the approval of the Senate bill number 5094 "Act of stability and democracy in Ukraine." This bill provides for the US refusal to recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea, as well as the need to restore Ukraine's real control over the border as a condition for lifting the sanctions.

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Develop a clear set of indicators concerning the reforms in key areas to prevent speculation on the topic "Ukraine fatigue."

Special attention in the next two months to focus on achieving tangible progress in combating corruption. Ukraine, being today one of the best legal frameworks for combating corruption, must demonstrate the results that can be presented a new presidential administration as a clear indicator of readiness to continue to implement reforms and to use US aid effectively.

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Initiate discussions at the highest level possible joint US-Ukrainian business projects. In this context, it is necessary to conduct a dialogue on the possibility of involvement of US companies in the privatization process.

Start with the active participation of the Ukrainian Embassy in the US center that would bring together all public and private national interests of lobbyists in Washington. Explore the possibility of hiring professional lobbying structure that worked on defending the national interests of Ukraine and promotion of its positive image in the United States.

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It is necessary to establish contact with the maximum number of influential analytical centers of the USA, not focusing on the cooperation with one or two.

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