With U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration in a standoff with Russia, the Ukraine has been left out of the equation. With Ukraine being a key player in this ongoing diplomatic crisis, it’s important to know what the U.S. officials discussed with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko during their phone call on Thursday (July 13). With so much speculation surrounding the topic, here is what the U.S. officials have said about their conversation with Poroshenko.
What did U.S. President Donald Trump say during the phone call?
During the phone call, President Trump and Poroshenko discussed a peaceful solution to the current crisis. They also discussed Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. However, President Trump did not offer to send U.S. troops over to Ukraine during the call.
What did U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson say?
In an interview with Bloomberg on Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Russia should not interfere in Western elections.
“The Prime Minister and President Poroshenko of Ukraine have asked for our support to help stabilize their country following the Russian occupation,” he told reporters. “And this is precisely what we’re going to provide.”
Secretary Tillerson added that Trump and other U.S. officials have also been “in touch with leaders in Europe, including Chancellor Merkel and others who are key European allies in this effort.”
What did U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis say?
In a phone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday, July 13, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that the U.S. is “not taking sides” in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. He also called for Russian forces to withdraw from Crimea, which they annexed in 2014.
Mattis’s comments followed Trump’s statement last week that he would be willing to meet with Putin during his trip to Paris next month if Russia helped the U.S. in its fight against terrorism.
What did U.S. Vice President Mike Pence say?
“We had a good conversation. President Trump and I talked about the importance of Russia working with us to help restore peace and stability in Ukraine,” said Vice President Mike Pence. “The president also congratulated President Poroshenko on the vote of confidence he received from his people, and underlined our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and democratic development.”
In addition to this statement, the vice-president also briefly touched on the topic of sanctions. He noted that they remain in place until Russia withdraws troops from eastern Ukraine and respects Ukraine’s sovereignty. In addition to these remarks, Pence also mentioned that it’s time for Russia and the U.S. to resume dialogue over these issues.
What did Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko say about his conversation with the U.S.?
Poroshenko said that the conversation was “very productive,” and that the two had a “very in-depth discussion about Russian aggression.” He also said that Trump is a “true friend of Ukraine.”
The president also said that he had agreed to whatever decision President Trump makes. This could be seen as a sign of support for Trump, who has been vocal about his desire to work with Russia on certain issues. Poroshenko could be wary of Trump’s aggressive stance on Russia, but he also wants to have good relations with him in order to deal with any agreement they may come up with.
Poroshenko’s statement was backed up by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who released her own statement saying the conversation was “a very good one.”
How will this new information affect the current situation in Ukraine?
When it comes to current negotiations with Russia, the U.S. and its allies are trying to figure out how to respond to Russia’s “incredible act of aggression”. With this information fresh in their minds, the U.S. officials will be able to take a more active role in negotiating with Russia and reaching a solution that everyone can agree on and is beneficial for all parties involved.
There is some concern that the new information given by Poroshenko may cause further complications in the negotiations between the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, and other countries involved in the ongoing crisis such as Sweden, Germany, France and China. However, these countries have been warned about what was discussed during the phone call and have been told not to disclose any information about these conversations for fear of jeopardizing negotiations between these countries and Russia.
President Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Vice President Mike Pence and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko all talked about the current situation in Ukraine during a phone call.
President Trump said that he had the “highest level of confidence” in Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the U.S. would continue to support Ukraine’s sovereignty.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that he “fully supports” President’s Trump’s statement and that the U.S. will continue to work in close cooperation with Ukraine to promote its freedom and self-determination.
Vice President Mike Pence said that the U.S. is not a party to the conflict but is committed to Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said that his country appreciates the U.S.’s decision to continue its support in strengthening Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
This new information was received by President Trump after a phone call with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko about the current situation in Ukraine.