CIPE’s Eric Hontz Interviewed for VOA on Ukraine-Russia Relations

08.19.2019 | CIPE in News

Experts in the US outline Zelenskiy’s advantages over Putin.

CIPE Senior Program Officer for Europe and Eurasia, Eric Hontz, noted that President Zelenskiy’s decision to remove intermediaries and deal directly with Russia in the Normandy format was a smart move on the part of the President. The role of people like Viktor Medvedchuk, a wealthy businessman associated with ousted President Yanukovych and rumored to be close personally to President Putin, was always unclear and suspect by international observers, the Ukrainian public, and Western diplomats. Hontz also noted that the President is right to concentrate on what he can control, the economic development of the Ukrainian controlled side of the border through infrastructure investment, rather than what he cannot, the support of the Russian state for separatist in breakaway pseudo-republics.


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