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In Kyiv, Pompeo emphasizes support for Ukraine

In Kyiv, Pompeo emphasizes support for Ukraine

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBiden's State Department picks are a diplomatic slam dunk Kissinger tells Biden to go easy on China Saudi-Israeli diplomacy progresses amid looming Middle East challenges MORE on Friday reaffirmed the U.S.'s support for Ukraine as the country's top diplomat visited Kyiv and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Reuters reports.

“Today I’m here with a clear message,” Pompeo said Friday in a press conference with Zelensky. “The United States sees that the Ukrainian struggle for freedom, democracy and prosperity is a valiant one. Our commitment to support it will not waver.”

Pompeo is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the country since President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE's Senate impeachment trial began.

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Ukraine sits at the center of the trial, with Democratic House managers arguing that Trump misused the power of his office by freezing congressionally approved aid to the country in an attempt to leverage a personal political favor from Zelensky.

Specifically, Democrats say that Trump held the aid so that Zelensky would publicly announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' MORE and his son, Hunter Biden.

Zelensky echoed Pompeo at the press conference, downplaying the effect that impeachment has had on the relations between the two countries.

“It seems to me, honestly, that, on the contrary, there are very good relations between our countries, not just in words. The U.S. supports and defends Ukraine," Zelensky said.

Pompeo also responded to a question by saying that there are no conditions for Zelensky to get a White House invitation.

“No, there’s no condition of the nature you described for President Zelensky to come to Washington and have that visit,” Pompeo said, answering a reporter. “We’ll find the right time. We’ll find the appropriate opportunity.”