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The meeting of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his American counterpart Donald Trump took place yesterday. The head of the Ukrainian state described it as sterling and detailed. At the same time, the media noted the reserved character of the presidents’ meeting: it passed without honors, which the US president traditionally rendered to other foreign leaders.
Information about the upcoming meeting between the Presidents of Ukraine and the United States appeared suddenly and, as experts noted, was a surprise to many people. Literally five days before the visit, on June 14 112 Ukraine TV channel received confirmation from the Presidential Administration that the meeting was really planned, and the next day the information was attested in the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. Only on June 19 (that day President Petro Poroshenko had already flown to the US), White House spokesman Sean Spicer reported on Poroshenko's meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence in Washington. But he said nothing about whether there will be a meeting with Trump.
Poroshenko himself told about the meeting of the US and Ukrainian presidents on June 20. He said that he will meet with his American counterpart Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as well as the leadership of the US Department of Defense, Trade and Energy. The president called the visit "powerful," stressing the importance of the fact that it was held earlier than the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At the same time, early at the morning of June 20, American journalist Andrew Beatty wrote on Twitter that, according to him, Poroshenko will get 'drop in' with President Trump, and there will be no full meeting.
Poroshenko will get 'drop in' with President Trump tomorrow, no full meeting, per White House.— Andrew Beatty (@AndrewBeatty) 20 июня 2017 г.
As can be seen from the photos posted by Sean Spicer and presidential spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko, the historic meeting was held in a room where, in addition to the presidents, many other members of the delegation were present.
The visit of Petro Poroshenko to the White House was more restrained than the visits of other foreign leaders, as reported the CNN television channel. Trump did not meet the president of Ukraine near the Western Wing of the White House, although he did so when other foreign leaders arrived, the report said.
The channel writes that the honors that Trump traditionally renders to the leaders of large foreign countries were also given to representatives of less influential countries. In particular, on Monday, Trump met with the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela. Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump met him at the South Wing of the White House and strolled with him for a long time in the colonnade. After that, there was a private conversation with Trump in the Oval Office. A month earlier, the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis arrived in the United States and, as a result, he and his American colleague gave a joint press conference.
Petro Poroshenko, at the end of the meeting, went to a briefing alone. He made a statement to the press, in which he called a meeting with US President Donald Trump sterling and detailed. The Ukrainian president assured that Ukraine received strong support from the US, support for sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, as well as firm support for the continuation of the reforms.
Donald Trump, who previously often posted information about the meetings with foreign leaders in a Twitter microblog, had not yet written anything about the meeting with Poroshenko. Perhaps such information will appear later. On his behalf such tweet was written by vice president Mike Pence. "The President and I welcomed Ukrainian President Poroshenko to the White House to discuss efforts toward peace and reform in Ukraine," he wrote.
The media already noted that, despite not a warm reception in the White House, as it seems outwardly, the US Administration prepared a valuable gift for the visit of Petro Poroshenko. On the website of the US Treasury, an expanded sanction list was promulgated, which included the commander of the Wagner Private Military Group, Dmitry Utkin. The press release said that soldiers of the Wagner Group took part in the military conflict in the east of Ukraine.
A total of 38 individuals and organizations were added to the list. In particular, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia Sergei Nazarov and several Russian banks working in the occupied Crimea fell under sanctions. Also, sanctions were imposed against organizations associated with the Night Wolves bike club.
Petro Poroshenko highly appreciated this, as he stated at a press conference following the meeting with Trump. "Nowadays the US is taking additional sanctions, almost every day, and I see the US position as a firm, reliable and strategic partner of Ukraine," the Ukrainian president said.