Published: Sun, February 02, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Secretary of State Pompeo tells Ukraine that Trump remains its fiercest supporter

Secretary of State Pompeo tells Ukraine that Trump remains its fiercest supporter

"We'll find the right time", Pompeo said at a press conference in Kyiv after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who said he was ready to visit the White House for a meeting with Trump.

Pompeo added there would be no conditions preventing President Zelenskiy from visiting Washington and that they were working on a suitable time in the future to make it happen.

"Grateful for the clear and powerful messages restated by Washington of the USA's unwavering support for Ukraine in: countering Russian aggression; upholding Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity; enhancing Ukraine's defense capabilities and implementing critical reforms", Zelenko tweeted.

Pompeo said the U.S. had provided more than one billion dollars in security assistance to Kyiv since the start of 2017, adding: "We will maintain financial support for Ukraine's security". "It's fields feed the European continent and its pipelines keep Europe warm in the winter", he said.

LGBT+ activist Anna Sharyhina told The Daily Beast that support is exactly what the LGBT+ community in Ukraine needs.

Last week, after a contentious interview with a National Public Radio reporter, Pompeo allegedly asked rhetorically, "Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?". The aid was eventually released. The Trump administration has also supplied Ukraine with lethal defense equipment, including Javelin anti-tank weapons. The son of Trump's Democratic rival, Joe Biden, used to serve on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. Ukraine has been fighting this low-level war with Russian Federation for nearly six years, and the Ukrainians want to show President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation that the US still has its back. "When we speak with the U.S., there is always a question about the impeachment of President Trump", Mr Zelensky said yesterday, when asked whether the impeachment had spoiled bilateral ties. Zelenskiy also said he still wanted to meet Trump in DC as long it would be productive. She was removed from her post after unsubstantiated allegations were made against her by Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani.

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Pompeo has been criticized for not publicly supporting Yovanovitch, her now-departed successor as chief of the Kiev embassy, William Taylor, and other diplomats who testified before House impeachment investigators.

Pompeo said there could be no doubts about Washington's support for Ukraine, calling it "a bulwark between freedom and authoritarianism in eastern Europe". Yovanovitch and Taylor have been attacked by Trump supporters and, in some cases, have been accused of disloyalty.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko and Metropolitan Epifaniy, Head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, arrive at a ceremony at the memorial to Ukrainian soldiers who were recently killed in a conflict in the country's eastern the center of Kiev, Ukraine, on January 31, 2020.

Asked before the trip whether he would raise Burisma or the Bidens with Ukrainian officials, Pompeo had said: "I don't want to talk about particular individuals".

Zelensky said in opening statements that he would like to see the U.S.

Pompeo, who began his trip in London, will also travel to Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.

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