There are questions about why he has proposed the referendum on NATO when it's already
been settledin terms of the Constitution. Does this imply any differences between him and [Petro] Poroshenko and other leaders on the future destiny of Ukraine?
Vershbow also noted that “the basic idea of having a referendum is a democratic procedure. It's up to Ukraine to determine whether it's appropriate.” Western partners will accept any decision
The diplomat also did not write off Poroshenko’s chances in the second round of the presidential elections because “ten days is a long time in politics and if the debates take place they could shake things up a
He mentioned that the U.S. government was already preparing itself for the new head of Ukraine both at home and in Ukraine. Thus there should be no extended period of miscommunication in case of Zelenskiy’s victory.
Vershbow also declared that there is a general disappointment in the West
The main thing is we need to see much more commitment to reform across the party lines. There can't be this
sort ofpartisanship that has contributed to this deadlock on so many important reforms. That's where the new president can hopefully strike some kind of grandbargain with the leaders of all political parties (or the majority ofthem). To have a broad pro-reform coalition so this time Ukraine will succeed where it has repeatedly failed in the past.