Ukrainian President Poroshenko Meets, Briefly, With President Trump

A woman attends a flash mob to support a European treaty deepening ties with Ukraine on the eve of a referendum held in the Netherlands in Kiev Ukraine

The two posed together after Poroshenko's meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Trump's national security team. "And it's very important that my meeting in the White House will be earlier than Putin's". In April, followed a suspected chemical attack against civilians in northern Syria by government forces, Trump said US relations with Russian Federation "may be at all-time low".

Trump has also raised concerns among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies about whether he would turn his back on the military alliance, which partly promises USA support for European allies against Russian aggression.

Poroshenko said he hopes the two countries can engage in "effective collaboration".

"These designations will maintain pressure on Russian Federation to work toward a diplomatic solution", Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in the statement.

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However, before Trump's meeting with Poroshenko, the U.S. Treasury announced sanctions on 38 individuals and organizations over Russia's actions in Ukraine, and said the actions were being taken to keep pressure on Russian Federation to reach a diplomatic solution in Ukraine.

In all, Tuesday's action targets 38 individuals and firms.

The move freezes any US-based assets of the individuals and entities, and effectively blocks them from using much of the global banking system. The Russian officials affected are Moscow's envoy for overseas Russians and chairman for humanitarian assistance in separatist-held, eastern Ukraine.

Harrell said he believes Tuesday's actions by the administration were partly meant to ease those concerns and "to send a message to Congress that they do not need to enact new Russian Federation sanctions". "I am fully satisfied with the results of the talks and I am very grateful to President Trump and Vice President Pence and the ministers with whom we met for a very strong support of our state", Poroshenko said.

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