Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (L) looks at European Council President Donald Tusk (R) as he delivers a speech during a joint press conference at the end of the 18th EU-Ukraine summit at the European Commission in Brussels on November 24, 2016.
The European Union's top officials hold a summit with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko amid fears about US President-elect Donald Trump's closeness to Russia. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will press EU leaders to hold firm against Russia amid fears that US President-elect Donald Trump may ditch the Western coalition against Moscow.Poroshenko's summit with Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Union's top officials, will focus on political reforms demanded by Brussels.
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DAVID STERN – Ukrainians fall out of love with Europe

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