The United States will cooperate with any president of Ukraine, no matter who wins the elections in the second round, said US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in a comment to the Ukrainian news outlet Hromadske.
“We will work with any leaders who come to power. Ukraine has done more in the last 2 years than in the last 25. But there is still plenty of work ahead,” Volker remarked.
The representative noted that the US does not specifically endorse either of the candidates in the second round of elections, but it does support certain principles.
Democrat Senator Chris Murphy said to Hromadske in a comment that the US is committed to protecting Ukraine’s sovereignty, fighting corruption and modernizing its economy until Russia “withdraws from the illegally captured Ukrainian territories”.
“This is definitely in place regardless of who is the country’s president. We will not interfere with the Ukrainian elections, we will not give any recommendations. We will only make it clear that the US will stand with the Ukrainian people and stand with the country’s leaders, whatever path they choose,” Murphy promised.
On 3 April 2019, the US proposed new sanctions against Russia. The bill envisages restrictions on Russia’s banking sector and its energy and defense industries.
In February 2019, Kurt Volker unveiled a new website titled “Countering Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine”, an innovative attempt to use satellite photos, maps and statistics to detail the effect of Russian aggression in Ukraine.