Michael Carpenter: ‘Ukraine is moving backward on its fight against corruption’

Michael Carpenter is a former U.S. deputy assistant defense secretary and key adviser to ex-Vice President Joseph Biden.

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LVIV, Ukraine — Michael Carpenter, a former key aide to ex-US. Vice President Joseph Biden and ex-U.S. deputy assistant defense secretary, keeps a keen eye on Ukraine.

And he doesn’t like what he’s seeing — in Ukraine’s fight against corruption and with U.S. policy towards Ukraine in the administration of U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

The Trump administration should be pressing Ukraine’s top leaders, who are obstructing the fight against corruption, Carpenter told the Kyiv Post on Nov. 30, on the sidelines of the Lviv Security Forum. On the foreign policy side, the U.S. should be taking a stronger stand against Russia and in support of Ukraine to prevail in the Kremlin’s four-year war — including sending lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine’s military.

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