Trump to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko — and possibly iron out his stance on Russia

Peter Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is on his way to meet with Donald Trump in Washington this week, with plans to pin down Trump’s stance on Russia.

On June 19, Poroshenko’s press secretary announced that the Ukrainian president had left Ukraine for a working visit to Washington. Trump and Poroshenko will from June 19-20, a source told Kyivpost.com.

The visit precedes Trump’s first meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit on July 7-8.

Since its 2013 pro-Europe revolution ousted then-President Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine has seen its former territory of Crimea annexed by Russia and a bloody, Russia-supported uprising in the country’s east.

Since Russia’s military entry into Ukraine, the US has put Russia under sanctions and relations between the two super powers have deteriorated. With Trump publically announcing his intention to revisit US-Russian relations upon taking office, Ukrainians have watched with bated breath.

In Ukraine, members of parliament told journalists that Poroshenko hoped to discuss Crimea, Washington’s role in reforms within Ukraine with Trump and the largely ineffective Minsk Protocol that both Russia and Ukraine had signed for an immediate ceasefire back in 2014.

The Ukrainian parliament “has appealed to …read more

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