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Poroshenko, Obama meet in Warsaw

    26 January 2021 Tuesday

    A meeting of the newly elected President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama is coming to an end in Warsaw. It has lasted for more than an hour, Ukrinform reported.

    Many American, Polish and Ukrainian journalists are waiting for the leaders of Ukraine and the US. As reported, on Tuesday Poroshenko already held a meeting with head of the U.S. diplomacy John Kerry, during which the Secretary of State said that the U.S. administration will closely cooperate with th/admin/e new Ukrainian president.

    Obama says world should support Poroshenko

    The international community should support the new president of Ukraine confronting separatists in the country's east, U.S. President Barack Obama said at a joint briefing with President-elect of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw on Wednesday.

    “Ukraine has gone through a very challenging time. And what we have seen has been an incredible outpouring of democracy in the face of actions by Russia as well as armed militias in certain portions of the east who violate international law and international sovereignty,” Obama said. Obama said Poroshenko's election represented the rejection of violence and corruption by the people of Ukraine and called his election a “wise selection”. "We stand together because we believe that people and nations have the right to determine their own destiny - that includes the people of Ukraine," the U.S. leader noted. Obama and Poroshenko also discussed Poroshenko's plans to restore peace in the contested regions, as well as ways to improve Ukraine's fragile economy and diversify its energy portfolio to make it less dependent on Russia. The U.S. president also announced new U.S. assistance for Ukraine's armed forces at $5 million, including body armor, night vision goggles and communications equipment. "I have been deeply impressed by his vision, partly because of his experience as a businessman," Obama added. "The United States is absolutely committed to standing behind the Ukrainian people not just in the coming days weeks but in the coming years," he said.

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