Ukrainian president goes to Washington wanting more than moral support

September 18, 2014 10:07 AM

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Ukrainian president goes to Washington wanting more than moral support

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko comes to Washington on Thursday for meetings with President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. At the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, he'll also deliver an address before a joint session of Congress Thursday morning.

By granting Poroshenko this level of attention, American lawmakers are sending a clear signal to the world, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in particular, that the U.S. firmly stands by Ukraine as it attempts to defend its sovereignty and peacefully negotiate with pro-Russian separatists.

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