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Obama to meet Poroshenko

Update: June, 04/2014 - 10:35

WARSAW — President Barack Obama meets president-elect Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday, in a show of US support for Ukraine's right to chart its own future.

Obama will sit down with Poroshenko in Warsaw, during a trip designed to assuage security concerns in eastern Europe following Russia's annexation of Crimea and what Washington says is an effort to destabilise Ukraine.

The talks on day two of his European tour will come after the president met central and eastern European leaders in Warsaw and before he heads to a G7 summit in Belgium which is designed to cement Western policy towards Russia.

Obama will come face-to-face with Putin during 70th anniversary commemorations of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France on Friday. The leaders of Britain, France and Germany will go a step further and hold one-on-one talks with Putin.

The accelerating diplomacy over Ukraine comes as a seven-week pro-Russian insurgency in Ukraine's eastern rust belt grows only more violent after Poroshenko swept to power in a May 25 presidential ballot. —AFP

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