Obama congratulates Ukraine's election victor in phone call

WASHINGTON Tue May 27, 2014 12:22pm EDT

Ukrainian businessman, politician and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko attends a news conference in Kiev, May 26, 2014.  REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Ukrainian businessman, politician and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko attends a news conference in Kiev, May 26, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama congratulated Ukraine's president-elect, Petro Poroshenko, on his election victory on Tuesday and offered U.S. support as he seeks to unify the country, the White House said.

Poroshenko, a billionaire confectionary magnate, won Sunday's election and has vowed to crush a revolt by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine after Russia's seizure of Crimea.

A White House statement said Obama congratulated Poroshenko and offered "the full support of the United States as he seeks to unify and move his country forward."

The two leaders agreed to continue their conversation during Obama's trip to Europe next week, the White House said.

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Bill Trott)

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Comments (3)
xcanada2 wrote:
Thanks a heck of lot President Obama: Another killing spree on the go. This should really help out the world, and your fellow citizens, not to mention EU.

May 27, 2014 3:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CanRus wrote:
Yeah, blame Obama for everything wrong in the world. Always makes life simpler to have a de-facto scapegoat. Obviously Emperor Putin had nothing to do with this.

May 27, 2014 7:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:
Actually, CanRus,
I regard President Obama as just the face of special interests, a pass through.

The rest about Putin is mostly millions of unsupported claims, passed on endlessly by the gullible and easily led, not thinking much for themselves. (It’s easier to get along that way, too. Honesty? Who cares?)

We see Nuland, Kerry, Brennan, McCain, Biden, even Biden Jr. over there. We see Nuland picking the Kiev bosses, like she has bought them all, and probably has. We see Yats visiting the Emperor Obama in DC. We see $5 Billion unaccounted US taxpayers dollars going over there. We see Nuland married to chief neocon Robert Kagan, Council on Foreign Relations. Who do you see amongst Russians, beyond a bunch of claimed encounters by Yats et al?

The louder the propagandists talk, the hollower they sound.

After Sochi Olympics, I knew our country was going crazy.

May 27, 2014 10:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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