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Trump meets Ukrainian President at NATO summit in Brussels

The meeting of Trump and Poroshenko lasted for 20 minutes
14:42, 12 July 2018

AFP

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

The European Pravda  (European Truth, - ed.) report that citing their sources in the Administration of the President of Ukraine.

Earlier the sources reported that all Trump’s bilateral meetings, including the one with the Ukrainian President, were canceled due to a crisis meeting among NATO members, where the US president said he was satisfied by members' commitment to increase spending.

However, the sources in the Administration of the President report that the meeting did take place, though without media due to the changes in the schedule. According to the sources Trump and Poroshenko communicated for about 20 minutes and discussed quite a lot of issues – specifically, the leaders of two countries discussed cooperation in the sphere of defense and Russian project Nord Stream II, among others.

Earlier, Trump interrupted NATO meeting on Ukraine, Georgia over defense expenditures threatening to pull the United State out of NATO over the disputes about defense expenditures.

According to 112 Ukraine TV channel correspondent, at the end of the meeting of “NATO-Ukraine-Georgia” commission, American President took a word and asked all the partners, except NATO member states, out. He went to with the closed meeting, having canceled all the scheduled arrangements, including the meeting with Poroshenko, as well as Presidents of Georgia, Romania and Azerbaijan.

Related: Poroshenko: Ukraine not to support projects with Russia’s participation

Reuters news agency reported that Trump did not threaten to pull out of NATO at the second day of a summit on Thursday, despite a tough rebuke of allies for spending too little on defense.

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