Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a personal meeting with President Donald Trump on September 21 during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Reuters reported. According to Donald Trump, the relations between their countries have become better since their last meeting at the White House in June. The two leaders discussed ways to achieve peace in the east of Ukraine, and President Trump called for improving the investment climate in Ukraine.Appearing before reporters, Trump and Poroshenko did not mention Russia but concentrated on the relations between the US and Ukraine. There is no information where the leaders discussed President of Russia Vladimir Putin during their private talks.

President Trump said that although Ukraine is not the easiest place to live, it becomes better day by day.

Appearing before reporters, Trump and Poroshenko did not mention Russia but concentrated on the relations between the US and Ukraine. There is no information on whether the leaders discussed Russian President Vladimir Putin during their private talks. Trump said that although Ukraine is not the easiest place to live, it becomes better day by day.

Details of private talks in New York

The two presidents agreed on the necessity of the significant improvement in the economic cooperation between their countries. Trump stated that the American companies see great potential in Ukraine. Among other issues which Poroshenko was going to discuss with Trump were the situation in Donbass, the supply of lethal weapons to Kiev, and possible US assistance in carrying out reforms in Ukraine.

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He later tweeted that "It is nice that American business leaders welcome tangible progress in reforms in Ukraine".

Results of the meeting

At the briefing after the meeting, Poroshenko mentioned that Trump supported the initiative to deploy the UN peacekeeping mission in the conflict zone in Ukraine, including along the Russian-Ukrainian border. Poroshenko said he highly appreciated the cooperation between Ukraine and the US and noted the increase of trade turnover between the two countries.

President Trump stated his intention to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as economic reforms, which will lead to the economic growth and defense capabilities. The White House officials reported that Trump stressed the importance of getting rid of corruption and improving the business climate in Ukraine.

As President Poroshenko stated, the meeting lasted for one hour. He later tweeted, "Thanks to the President of the United States [@reaDonaldTrump] for an extremely productive meeting." Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster, Special representative in Ukraine Kurt Walker and other members of the Trump administration attended the meeting.