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Trump meets Poroshenko for brief 'drop-in' visit

20 June 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Washington.

President Petro Poroshenko stopped by Tuesday for a brief photo opportunity with Trump following meetings with Vice President Mike Pence and the national security team.

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It's still not clear what Poroshenko will get for Ukraine from the meeting with Trump.

The move was meant to punish Russian Federation over issues including alleged meddling in the election, which Moscow denies, annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and support for the government of Syria in that country's six-year-long civil war.

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The U.S. signaled substance behind the symbolism as well, with the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control announcing they have added new Russian individuals, including two officials, and other companies to its sanctions list.

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

Poroshenko praised the U.S. Senate for the decision to introduce new sanctions against Russian Federation, saying that sanctions were a civilized mechanism "to force the aggressor to get away from Ukraine", withdraw troops and equipment. Americans are prohibited from doing business with them.

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Moscow seized Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in 2014 and has backed pro-Russian separatist rebels battling Kiev's forces in eastern Ukraine.