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Secretary of state Mike Pompeo embark on a multi nation tour this week, as he will make a stop in the Ukraine, his first visit to the country, in the middle of the article of impeachment against President Trump.
Pompeo meeting with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on Jan. To reaffirm 3, U.S. support for Ukraine amid the ongoing clashes with Russian-backed separatists, said in the East, the State Department on Monday.
The Secretary is also to honor the Ukrainians who fought and died in the conflict, which deepened after Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.
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“We are clear in our Crimean Declaration that Crimea is part of Ukraine, and the United States will never recognize Russia’s attempt to Annex,” said the State Department.
The visit comes as the Senate is a possible lawsuit against the Trump weighs in connection with his handling of the Ukraine. The house voted to accuse Trump earlier this month about the obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.
The charges stem from a July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky, in the Trump allegedly, the Ukrainian leader called to announce an investigation about Hunter Biden, the son of the former Vice-President Joe Biden, a potential 2020 White house rival, of the because of alleged corruption in exchange for the release of critical military aid to Ukraine.
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Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
William Taylor, one of the witnesses, the request to White House investigators said about Trump, is the Deputy Ambassador of Ukraine. To leave, he is expected to, before Pompeo’s arrival s.
Pompeo will also meet with Ukrainian religious, civic and business leaders to discuss economic and political reforms and human rights.
From the Ukraine, Pompeo trip to Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Cyprus before returning to the United States.
“Excited to know traveling to Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus in the new year to meet with colleagues, and reaffirm U.S. priorities in #Europe and South-Central Asia,” he tweeted on Monday.
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In Belarus, Pompeo, U.S. reaffirm commitment to the sovereignty and the improvement of relations with the country.
In September, the United States and Belarus have agreed to upgrade diplomatic relations by the return of the ambassadors to the respective capitals after an 11-year break.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.