A new law would also call on the president to decide whether Ukraine should be a key NATO ally, condemn Russia`s imprisonment of 24 Ukrainian sailors and push Russia to implement the Minsk II peace agreement. A meeting at the White House with Ukrainian officials was interrupted when Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, said he had reached an agreement with the White House chief of staff for the Ukrainian president to meet with Trump if Ukraine agreed to open investigations. On Thursday, Mr. Graham tried to put an early end to the questions. “I just want to make sure it`s spent on time,” he said, adding that with less than three weeks to go until the end of the fiscal year, there may not be enough time to spend the $250 million. On March 1, Obama phoned Putin and declared that the Russian invasion was “a violation of Ukraine`s sovereignty and territorial integrity… [and one] Violation of international law. He warned of “greater political and economic isolation” and threatened to withdraw the United States from the 40th G8 summit chaired by Russia.  Over the past 15 years, he says, the United States has developed a framework for withholding foreign aid, especially for those facing corruption. The bill would impose heritage and visa/entry sanctions on a foreign national or foreigner who, on 21 November 2013 or after 21 November 2013: (1) is responsible for acts or participates in actions that undermine democratic processes in Ukraine or threaten their peace or territorial integrity, acts of serious corruption in Ukraine or the commission of serious human rights violations; (2) is a current or former senior official of the Russian Federation who has engaged in such activity; (3) operates in the arms sector of the Russian Federation, which has carried out such activity; (4) is a current or former official of an organization that has engaged in such activity or an organization whose ownership and interests are blocked under this Act; (5) that such an activity or any person whose property and interests are blocked under this Act has provided material or financial, material or technological support; or (6) is in the possession or control of or acted for or for the person of a person whose property and interests are blocked in accordance with this Act.  “I`m very sure they weren`t related,” said Councillor Igor Novikov, who said he was “incredibly grateful” for the support of Congress and the Trump administration. “This is certainly good news for Ukraine, because we consider the United States to be one of our best partners and a true and proven friend.” The Ukraine Support Act (H.R. 4278) would declare the US policy of supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a democratic Ukraine and the condemnation of Russia`s armed invasion of Ukraine and its illegal occupation of Crimea. The bill would provide loan guarantees, offer various types of assistance and impose sanctions on persons “responsible for acts or participation in actions that undermine democratic processes in Ukraine or threaten their peace or territorial integrity, acts of serious corruption in Ukraine or the commission of serious human rights violations.”   When it comes to aid to Ukraine, Natsios says that the president`s intention is a determining factor. Has the aid been sanitized to help him personally? President Trump and Ukrainian President Wolodymyr Zelenskiy meet in New York. Samus says most of the U.S. military aid was poured into a joint training center in Yavoriv, near Ukraine`s western border with Poland, more than 600 miles from the fighting. As recently as last month, 160 Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers were deployed to Yavoriv as part of a regular rotation of U.S. personnel. Sam Berger was one of those who was shocked by Mulvaney`s comments. John Bolton, then a national security adviser, “stiffened” and finished the meeting and later told his colleague Fiona Hill to report it to consei`s lawyer.