The United States president-elect Donald Trump will not pay much attention to foreign policy, said former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul in an interview to Dogd Russian television channel.
"My prediction is that he will not do that (acknowledge Crimea as Russian territory), because too many countries and too many people in Congress and in the Republican Party do not support this idea," he said.
According to McFaul, Trump said Ukrainian issue is not the most important, so he will not pay it much attention. "With regard to the Ukrainian issue in broader terms, I believe that he would not support the idea of helping Ukrainian government", he added.
The former ambassador said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump will cooperate when their interests coincide: "After all, in foreign policy it is not some kind of personal relationship: you are my friend, I'm your friend, let us establish a good, warm relationship. It does not work in this way.
Putin is not a friend to anyone. Putin defends Russia's national interest, and I hope that Trump will also do the same for us. It's his job."