Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Meets Briefly With Trump at White House

President Trump meets with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday, in what Poroshenko had earlier described as part of a “substantial visit” and the White House called a “drop-in.”

Ukraine is concerned about what the Trump administration’s efforts to improve relations with Russia might mean for its own relationship with Washington.

The White House didn’t exactly roll out the red carpet for the Ukrainian leader — he dropped in to the Oval Office to see Trump following a meeting with Vice President Pence.

Ahead of the meeting, Poroshenko had stressed on his Twitter account that “it is important that President of Ukraine will meet with President of the US earlier than Putin.” Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to meet in Germany next month at the G-20 Summit.

During a brief joint appearance, both Poroshenko and Trump described meeting each other as a “great honor,” and Trump said Ukraine is “a place that we have all been very much involved in.”

Poroshenko had earlier touted his meeting schedule with U.S. officials and stressed that “there has never been such a substantial visit.” After talking with Trump, he said he was “satisfied with the results of the negotiations,” and that they discussed military and technical cooperation, without elaborating.

Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury announced sanctions against 21 Ukrainian separatists, entities and their supporters. They are “part of an ongoing effort to hold those responsible for violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity accountable for their actions,” the Treasury said.

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SOURCE: NPR, Michele Kelemen and Merrit Kennedy