The first meeting of Poroshenko with trump: will the US policy towards Russia

Kiev is ahead of Moscow

Petro Poroshenko met with Donald trump before it managed to make Vladimir Putin. The talks between the leaders of Ukraine and the USA took place in a wide circle in the White house and lasted about an hour. Trump, according to Poroshenko, expressed support to Ukraine in fight against Russian aggression and confirmed that the United States will continue its sanctions policy against the Kremlin. Meeting of the presidents, as Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Valeriy Chaly, put the point in the formation of American policy towards Ukraine. At the same time the talks were held against the backdrop of numerous controversial publications in the American media about the new rapprochement of the USA with Russia, and the failure of Donald trump from the official statements by Russian aggression in Ukraine following the meeting with Poroshenko. The US President has not really made such statements, but said that Poroshenko was “a very good discussion, and significant progress has been made”. Now, as they say, watch the hands, namely — US policy towards Russia.

Train Clinton and the victory of the Ukrainian diplomacy

For anybody not a secret that at the stage of the presidential race in the USA, the Ukraine relied on the candidate,”Democrat”, Hillary Clinton. Our diplomacy actively established relations with its staff, while ignoring the Republican candidate Donald trump. His victory became a cold shower, because building relationships with the President, who made a Frank lunges toward Russia and ambiguous statements on the Crimea, it seemed an impossible task.

To achieve the meeting of Petro Poroshenko with Donald trump of the Ukrainian diplomacy began even before the inauguration of the newly elected President of the United States. At the end of January came the first reports that the talks between the leaders of Ukraine and the United States could be held in February. But the information is not confirmed by the American side. Later in the AP, even unofficially didn’t want to tell, how is the organization of the meeting of the two leaders, is constantly limited to a phrase: “We’re working on it…”. And so exactly a week ago, sources “” in the Ukrainian dipkrugah confirmed that on 19-20 June the scheduled two-day visit of the Ukrainian President to Washington, where will be held the first meeting of the leaders of the USA and Ukraine.

Just a couple of hours before the start of yesterday’s talks Poroshenko with trump in the oval office, The Guardian revealed details of the organization of the summit. According to the publication, the main condition was the refusal of the US President from the official statements by Russian aggression in Ukraine. “The meeting format does not provide for statements of the leaders on the bilateral relations. Otherwise Trump would have to personally outline the position regarding the Russian military invasion to Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014, which the President of the United States still avoided relegate the subject to a state and defense Department,” said The Guardian.

The format of the meeting Petro Poroshenko with Donald trump was not very familiar to the standard of the talks between the two leaders. For example, the meeting of Ukrainian President with the trump predecessor of Barack Obama was held to the standard that included closed “dual play” and Protocol. Yesterday’s negotiations of presidents of Ukraine and the USA held in the extended format: first Poroshenko met with Vice-President Mike Pence, then together they “looked” to the Trump and his Advisor on national security Herbert McMaster (it is so stated in the agenda of the US President on June 20). Also in the extended format was attended by the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Valeriy Chaly and Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.

© Press-service of the President of Ukraine | go to Photobacterium of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Vice-President Mike Pence

The Western media dubbed the meeting a “working” and noticed that trump took Poroshenko without special honors. So on Monday, the U.S. President met with President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela. Trump and first lady Melania took him into the South wing of the White house and took a long walk with him in the colonnade, then was the “dual play” in the oval office. When visiting the United States was Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis, at the end along with trump, they gave a joint press conference.

Trump said that the meeting with Poroshenko for him — “a great honour”. “The country on everyone’s lips. We are not indifferent to its fate. Mr Poroshenko and we had very good discussions. And I think we’ve made progress,” said trump.

But he’s not really said about the Russian aggression in Ukraine. This was already after the talks at a briefing at the White house said Poroshenko himself, trump to the press did not. “Took a full, very detailed meeting with the President of the United States Donald trump. We received strong support from the US, support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of our country. And strong support for the continuation of reforms in Ukraine. It was emphasized that the USA support and remain loyal to the Minsk agreements” — said Poroshenko.

According to the Vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Irina Gerashchenko, who was part of the Ukrainian delegation in Washington, it is very important that the meeting of the presidents of the United States and Ukraine was held on the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg, which will host the first meeting of Donald trump with Vladimir Putin. And it is very important that the President of Ukraine met with the Vice-President of the United States Mike Pence — responsible in the U.S. for Ukrainian dossier.