Ukraine's Poroshenko Hails Domestic Reforms As He Pushes Trump For Support
12:30, Wednesday, 21 June, 2017
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has extolled his country's commitment to democracy and ongoing reforms as he pushed U.S. President Donald Trump for support in a meeting hailed by Kyiv but downplayed by the U.S. administration. Poroshenko's first meeting with Trump came before Trump's expected first encounter with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Germany next month -- a feat celebrated in Ukraine, which is fighting Russia-backed separatists in its east. But the low-key nature of the meetings in the U.S. capital on June 20 signaled that the White House was wary of angering the Kremlin. "That's a great honor and a great pleasure to be to be together with you, dear Mr. President, one of the most reliable supporter and strategic partner for Ukraine," Poroshenko told Trump in the Oval Office.