Ukrainian diaspora can seriously affect elections in US, - Ukrainian Ambassador

Source : 112 Ukraine

Number of people of Ukrainian origin in United States is more than 1.5 million
16:02, 5 November 2016


A large Ukrainian community in the United States, which consists of more than 1.5 million people, along with other immigrants from Eastern Europe can significantly affect the result  of presidential elections to be held in the US next Tuesday. Thus commented the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, Valeriy Chaly, reports "Ukrinform".

"One of the differences of these elections is that the role of Ukrainian diaspora, as well as the Polish diaspora, people from Baltic countries, Romania, increased very much. The  number of citizens of Ukrainian origin is more than 1.5 million in the United States. And frankly, not all of them are politically active, but even that part which comes to vote, can have a very serious impact, "- said the diplomat.

He stressed that this influence is critical to the candidates, because the fight takes place in those states where we cann't observe the clear victory of one or another politician. "Exactlys in these states there is a large Ukrainian diaspora", - he stated.

The diplomat also drew attention to certain changes in the choice of Ukrainian Americans between the candidates. "Traditionally the diaspora voted in favor of Republicans, but now they started doubt about the Republican candidate," - said Chaly. He stressed that the situation on the last stage of the election can develop unpredictably, calling the fight a "very tense."

Meanwhile, Ukrainian diplomat expressed a positive assessment of the fact that Ukrainian  the position is represented in political platforms of both Democrats and Republicans. "We are pleased with this case, but frankly, it's not enough." - Said Chaly.

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