Obama, Ukraine president to meet at White House

WASHINGTON - In a symbolic show of support for Ukraine's fledgling government, US President Barack Obama is to host Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office on Thursday after the leader of the former Soviet republic speaks to a rare joint session of Congress.


Poroshenko arrives in Washington seeking more robust US military assistance to help his country in its fight against Russian-backed rebels. Obama so far has resisted Ukraine's request for lethal assistance, though the US has provided about $60 million in nonlethal aid to Ukraine's military.


White House officials made clear that Poroshenko's visit - his first to the US since being elected this summer - was aimed in part at sending a message to Russia about the West's backing for the embattled former Soviet republic.


פרסום ראשון: 09.18.14, 08:21