Thursday, November 10 2016 19:41 EET
Potential candidate for the post of U.S. Secretary of State supported the idea of supplying Ukraine with lethal weapons
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One of the main contenders for the post of U.S. Secretary of State under the new president Donald Trump is considered to be former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Several U.S. media predict that a 73-year-old politician and diplomat will be appointed the country's next top diplomat, UNIAN reports.

CNN has compiled a list of five potential candidates, which includes, besides Gingrich, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, President of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass and Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.

In September, Gingrich gave an interview to European Pravda, in which he stated that if Trump won the election, he would have likely lifted the ban on supplies of lethal weapons to Ukraine.

If Donald Trump is elected U.S. President, the issue on the provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine could be unlocked and an option of arms sales with deferred payments could be offered, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, he stated. Gingrich made the assertion response to the question on how U.S. policy toward Ukraine will change in case of Trump’s victory.

“We can say for sure that President Trump will unlock the issue on provision of weapons to Ukraine. Donald Trump can say pleasant things about Putin but in the meantime he will sell weapons to Ukraine,” Gingrich said. “It will be precisely selling and I think that the deferral of payments will be offered to Ukraine,” the former Speaker added.

Newt Gingrich is an American political consultant, politician, businessman, historian, writer and Republican leader. He represented Georgia's 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1979 until his resignation in 1999, and served as the 50th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 2012, Gingrich was a candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination.

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