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Politico: US Election Is Increasing Russia-Ukraine Tensions

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By    |   Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 04:43 PM

The tumultuous presidential race in America is playing out against a backdrop of rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia – and has already altered policy in Kiev and Moscow, according to a veteran Moscow-based journalist.

Anna Nemtsova, writing for Politico magazine, asserts GOP nominee Donald Trump's pro-Vladimir Putin statements and hands-off stance toward Ukraine is hardening Moscow's attitude toward Kiev – and frustrating Ukrainians who want their President Petro Poroshenko to stand up to the Russian leader.

"In this dead-end situation, Putin is going to push his own agenda, using the moment when there is no real public interest in the Ukraine affair in the world," Denis Volkov, a spokesman for pollster Levada, tells Nemtsova.

Natalia Gumenyuk, the head of Ukrainian TV channel, Hromadske, is particularly critical, Nemtsova writes.

"Trump’s contradictory decisions and the illogical views of some of his supporters resemble a mirror of Russia," Gumenyuk tells the journalist.

"Trump’s entire discourse—not just not challenging the Russian occupation of Crimea but isolationism, conspiracy theories, little respect for the law and the right to bully—it all looks exactly like what the Kremlin has been saying for years."

In Russia, Nemtsova argues, "everything is reported through a pro-Trump lens."

For example, she writes, after State Channel One broadcast video footage of burned remains of Syrian children in Aleppo province on Aug. 14 – reporting they'd been killed by U.S. forces – the channel jumped right to a story about leaked Democratic National Committee emails, and the Hillary Clinton's campaign suggestion that Russian intelligence was behind the breach.

"The scandal around the fraud of Democrat emails increased popularity for Donald Trump, who promised to improve the relations with Russia," the newscaster declared, according to Nemtsova.

According to Nemtsova, polling this summer shows "up to 72 percent of Russians already considered Washington their greatest enemy," but Ukraine's focus on the U.S. election is "a newer phenomenon."

For example, she writes, Hromadske recently published an infographic titled "Donald Trump's Connections with Russia," highlighting relationships between Trump and his team members and the Russian and Ukrainian establishment, Nemtsova reports.

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The tumultuous presidential race in America is playing out against a backdrop of rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia – and has already altered policy in Kiev and Moscow, according to a veteran Moscow-based journalist.
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