More Than Just An Onlooker, Ukraine Largely Relieved At U.S. Election Result


Oleksiy Haran, a professor of political science at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and research director at the Democratic Initiatives think tank, suggested that the contrast between the president’s apparent attitudes and U.S. policy — on Ukraine and other issues — is likely to fade under Biden.

In this sense, Biden would “provide more stability and predictability” in U.S. foreign policy, including for Ukraine, Haran said.

Biden “really knows Ukraine on a substantive level” and knows “what reforms are needed, how they work, and what impact they could make,” he said, adding that he does not expect to see Washington pursuing a reset with Moscow or what he called the “whitewashing of Putin that we saw under Trump.”

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