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Ukraine's jitters over Trump and Russia

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>> Fears fueled in Ukraine, Donald Trump may ease crucial sanctions on Russia. Some of the President-elect's comments during the election campaign creating jitters, Trump will work with Russia at Ukraine's expense. Reuters chief correspondent in Ukraine, Matthias Williams, says President Petro Poroshenko wants to visit Washington early next year.
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>> When Ukrainian authorities want President Poroshenko to visit Washington sooner rather than later, ideally just after Donald Trump is inaugurated as the next President. And this is of course, because while Ukraine is fairly confident still that America will continue to support it and continue to support it against Russia, that they want to get in there early and be able to convince Washington that it should stay at their side.
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>> The country's relied on Western support and economic aid since street protests in 2014 toppled the Kremlin-backed president. And lit the fuse for the outbreak of a war with pro-Russian separatists that killed nearly 10,000 people. The US and EU imposed sanctions to punish Moscow for its annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in Eastern Ukraine.
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>> US's support for Ukraine is absolutely crucial. For one thing, if the US wants to lift sanctions against Russia, the EU might be tempted to follow suit. Not everyone in the EU is happy about those sanctions continuing because it's bad for European businesses, for one thing.>> Russia's Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, said on Friday, he's not expecting the election result to see sanctions lifted by the west.
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Something most Ukrainian officials tend to agree with.>> There's still a lot of strong bi-partisan support from the Democrats and the Republicans for the Ukrainian cause. And also, the Ukrainians are banking on a large Ukrainian diaspora living in the United States, and that has traditionally voted Republican and would want Donald Trump to continue to take a rather tough line on Moscow.
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>> For Ukraine, Trump is causing further anxiety at a time where the European appetite for a prolonged standoff with Russia appears on the wane.