The results of the mid-term elections to the U.S. Congress in which the Republican Party won a majority in both houses will give Ukraine a chance, Volodymyr Ohryzko, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2007-2009), said at a press conference, Wednesday, November 5.
“This is positive, given the fact that there are very many Republican senators who understand the real situation in Ukraine, who understand that the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine is responsible for everything. There is a chance that their voice and their pressure on the administration will be strengthened,” Ohrysko said.
He noted that based on the election results the Republican Party will now control the legislature of the U.S. government.
“There really is a powerful, pro-Ukrainian lobby that can initiate serious things. For example, supplying Ukraine with truly necessary modern weapons. They say that offensive weapons cannot be supplied, but defensive weapons are allowed. If these topics are expressed loudly enough, then President Obama (will have to respond) appropriately,” he said.
“During the final years before the end of his term, the president cannot avoid reacting to what happens in Congress and the Senate because he needs to think about how the Democratic Party will approach the next presidential election. If he leads an obstructionist policy regarding the initiatives that Congress proposes, then undoubtedly this will have a negative effect on the future campaign during the next presidential elections,” he concluded.