Sen. Rob Portman leaves for Ukraine Friday where he plans to visit polling places in the Kiev area Sunday during Ukraine’s presidential election. In a conference call today with Ohio reporters, Portman, R-Ohio, said he will meet with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a pro-Western politician who assumed the post earlier this year after the fall of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Portman said when he was U.S. trade representative under President George W. Bush he met Yatsenyuk, who was then minister of economy for Ukraine. Portman said he would be in Ukraine to “show our support from the United States of America for self-determination for the Ukrainian people.”
Following the elections, he travels to Poland where he plans to meet U.S. soldiers in the NATO country.