Trump Poroshenko meets Putin?

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For Kiev it is a Sensation: U.S. President Donald Trump receives perhaps the Ukrainian colleague Petro Poroshenko, even before his first Meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. The expectations are high.

To the Details appears to have been filed until the last Minute. Different is not to explain why the office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has confirmed his visit to the USA on a Monday morning, short and no Details mentioned. At this time, Poroshenko, apparently, already in the plane direction of Washington. That Poroshenko flies surprisingly, in the United States and its American colleague Donald Trump hits, reported last Wednesday the Ukrainian media. According to some data, the visit for Monday and Tuesday of this week should be planned. A Meeting with Trump, however, is not officially confirmed until today.

Since the victory Trumps the presidential election in the USA in Kiev, made an intensive effort to a lace meeting with the new man in the White house. Especially the timing was important. Poroshenko wanted to talk to Trump if possible before the Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his perspective on the conflict with Russia and to win Washington as an ally. The American and the Russian head of state to meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg at the beginning of July for the first time.

Kiev feared Moscow-Washington Deal

The rush of the Ukraine has to do with Expressions of Trumps during the election campaign. The Kiev leaders, it is not admitted publicly, but it was obvious Kiev was afraid of a Deal between Moscow and Washington at the expense of Ukraine. Trump had several times occasion, in which he praised Putin, and easing the after the annexation of Crimea introduced US sanctions against Russia hinted at. Also on a recognition of the Crimea as part of Russia he was willing to talk, or so interpreted, at least many of the media question his answer to a Report.

Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin would prefer to speak with Donald Trump than with each other

The campaign Manager Trumps and a former adviser to the had fled to Russia Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Paul Manafort, was forced to resign after revelations of Kiev about alleged black payments a few months before the election. Whether this Episode has impacted the ratio of Trumps to the current Ukrainian leadership, is not known.

Trump tweeted appeal for peace

Since then, in the USA, Russia contacts of the Trump team are the subject of numerous investigations, you can hear Russia-friendly tone from Washington, however, is much rarer. A few days before Poroshenko’s visit to Washington, the U.S. Senate decided that new sanctions against Russia. Against this Background, Poroshenko is likely to be at his first Meeting with Trump more relaxed.

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The Ukrainian and US-American head of state, both former businessmen, and billionaires, have never met in person. Since the victory of the Trumps there were only two direct contacts with the Ukrainian side with the new US Administration. In mid-February, Poroshenko met on the sidelines of the Munich security conference, US Vice-President Mike Pence. From Kiev it was said afterwards that Washington had pledged to support the implementation of the Minsk agreements, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine to settle. In mid-may, received a Trump in Washington, the Ukrainian foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and on the same day, the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The US President tweeted photos of the separate Meetings and a message in large letters: «Let us make peace!»

The new role of the United States

These talks with the Russian and Ukrainian foreign Ministers, suggest that behind-the-Scenes on a new impetus for the peace process in Eastern Ukraine is being negotiated. For months, speculation that the United States could be more active than before in this process is switched on. Kiev wants the. So far, Germany and France lead in the so-called Normandy Format of talks with Russia and the Ukraine.

The Ukrainian foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, said in may that a Meeting between Trump and Poroshenko will then be prepared when discussions on the future role of the United States will be completed in the solution to the Ukraine crisis. Berlin and Paris were involved in these discussions.

The Kiev Journalist Serhij Rudenko believes that after the Meeting Trumps with Poroshenko, that there could be movement in the Ukraine crisis. «It could lead to a new conversation format with the participation of the United States,» said Rudenko of the DW. Am looking for a solution, the Kiev give back control of the Eastern Ukraine, and Moscow would have a true face. Much is likely to depend on talks between Trump and Putin. «The key» to resolving the conflict, Rudenko, «is still in Moscow».


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