A Ukrainian political leader said she received assurances from President Trump that he would look out for Ukraine in its ongoing dispute with Russia, according to people briefed in the aftermath of a quick, informal conversation between the two political figures.
Former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko had a momentary meeting with Trump on Thursday just before he spoke to the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton.
Tymoshenko and a group of supporters who traveled with her from Kiev this week quickly relayed word of the exchange, telling allies in Washington that Trump had said he would not abandon Ukraine and would not lift sanctions against Russia until Ukraine was secure.
The White House issued a statement late Friday confirming that a brief conversation had taken place.
“The President and the former PM had a brief, informal photo-op meeting in the reception before the National Prayer Breakfast,” the White House said in a statement released late Friday…
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