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World Pompeo pledges support for Ukraine as impeachment trial rumbles

12:45  31 january  2020
12:45  31 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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By Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets. KIEV (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored Washington's support for Ukraine on a visit to Kiev on Friday, as both countries sought to smooth over relations buffeted by the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

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KIEV (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored Washington's support for Ukraine on a visit to Kiev on Friday, as both countries sought to smooth over relations buffeted by the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting Ukraine for two days of talks that began Thursday, as President Donald Trump remains embroiled in an impeachment trial that revolves around Sorry, but your player cannot support embedded video of this type, you can download this video to view it offline.

Ukraine was thrust center stage in a domestic political battle in Washington last year as Trump faced down allegations he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the son of his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Pompeo has also walked back from comments he was accused of making to a National Public Radio reporter ahead of his trip that appeared to play down Ukraine's importance to Americans.

Pompeo is the most senior U.S. official to travel to Ukraine since the impeachment process began, and his visit comes just as Trump's impeachment trial appeared set to wrap up as early as this weekend.

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LONDON – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced a delicate balancing act as he began a two-day visit to Ukraine on Thursday, trying to boost U.S. ties with a critical ally that is at the heart of the impeachment trial while not providing fodder for Democrats seeking to oust President Donald Trump.

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"Pompeo assured Ukraine of the full support of the United States in stopping Russia's aggression and restoring Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in full," a Ukrainian statement said after Pompeo met Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

Ukraine counts on Washington for diplomatic support and military aid to buy Javelin anti-tank missiles and other hardware as it battles Russian-backed fighters in a war that has killed more than 13,000 people.

Trump temporarily froze nearly $400 million in U.S. security assistance shortly before speaking to Zelenskiy in a July phone call, prompting accusations from Democrats he had misused U.S. foreign policy for personal gain.

Trump's camp has called on Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who was on the board of a Ukrainian energy company called Burisma.

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."

Democrats had hoped to hear from former National Security Adviser John Bolton as a witness in Trump's impeachment trial.

A report, which Bolton has not denied, said Bolton in an upcoming book has written that Trump told him he wanted to freeze military aid to Ukraine until it investigated Biden and his son Hunter.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and called the impeachment process a "witch hunt".

Zelenskiy has denied being pressured by Trump to launch investigations and said Ukrainians were "tired" of the impeachment saga.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets; Writing by Matthias Williams, Editing by William Maclean)

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