What Ukraine is doing today is, in particular, a demonstration to the West, it is a competitive and reliable country. I think the West should offer Ukraine more help if it makes more efforts toward reforming the state. A lot has been done in Ukraine in the last 25 years, but we should not rest on our laurels but continue this important and at the same time difficult work", Steven Pifer said.
Today Ukraine has done a lot in terms of reforms. At the same time, the West expects Ukraine to do more to fight corruption, in particular by strengthening the activity of the Anti-Corruption Bureau. In addition, the country needs to implement pension and land reforms. In particular these are things that we talked about 20 years ago during my first visits to Ukraine, he added.
As for the U.S. policy towards Ukraine, Steven Pifer said that at the present stage the representatives of the highest state leadership of the country made it clear that the main course of the U.S. will remain loyalty to NATO, support to Ukraine and constant monitoring of Russia's actions. In turn, as for President Trump, he, according to the American expert, loves winners and the task of Ukraine is to show that it is such a winner in the long term.
In turn, as for President Trump, he, according to the American expert, loves winners and the task of Ukraine is to show that it is such a winner in the long run.
Speaking of Russia, Steven Pifer noted that today it is not at all interested in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
It's been more than two years since Minsk-2 and we don't see any attempts by Russia to implement it. I ask myself why the Russians are doing nothing on this issue, because it is not at all difficult for them to enforce the ceasefire. And I understand that they are simply afraid to do so, because they understand that Ukraine can implement Minsk-2 - which Russia doesn't need today. And that is why it is putting pressure on the Ukrainian authorities today in order to prevent them from implementing the Minsk agreements and accuse them of disrupting them," Steven Pifer said.