The Trump team was forced to confirm Wednesday that the President-elect actually even held a conversation with Poroshenko, following confusion stemming from Poroshenko's alleged conversation with a famous prankster purporting to be Trump.
Poroshenko, who like Trump is an avid Twitter user, curtly tweeted Tuesday about having "held a telephone conversation with US President-elect Donald Trump." The Ukrainian president has since also had to deny being pranked.
Провів телефонну розмову з обраним Президентом Сполучених Штатів Америки Дональдом Трампом. pic.twitter.com/eDk05fbtVB— Петро Порошенко (@poroshenko) 15 ноября 2016 г.
In any case, all that Kiev got from the Trump team's official website was a bullet point in a list of all the leaders President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence had spoken to. The list comprised nearly thirty names.
Ukrainian (and Russian) media couldn't help but notice that Poroshenko was lumped in as a bullet point, while Trump's conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin was given its own separate press release on the President-elect's site.
As for Trump's talk with Poroshenko, since the Trump team has not released any information about the subject, media have been forced to rely on the Ukrainian presidential press service.
According to the Ukrainian press release, Poroshenko "congratulated" Trump and "emphasized readiness to work with [his] administration and to further strengthen the Ukraine-US strategic partnership." At the same time, Poroshenko "stressed the need for Washington's resolute support of Ukraine in countering the Russian aggression and implementing crucial reforms."
Pro-Poroshenko media in Ukraine have tried to put the best face on things over the lack of a Trump team press release, some saying that it may have simply been an oversight, and others claiming that the fact that the telephone call took place at all was "a big success."
However, others suggest that the Trump team's obvious prioritization of his conversations with Putin and Poroshenko is significant. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, political scientist Alexei Bychkov said that he believes the press release story confirms the President-elect's priorities, and that these are not in Kiev's favor.
Ultimately, Bychkov stressed that he thought that US-Ukrainian relations "will certainly change" in the coming months and years. "Trump's pre-election rhetoric came down to the fact that the US should be less involved in the role of world policeman." Accordingly, the same can and should be said in the case of Ukraine, the expert concluded.
Kiev has been an effective client state of the United States and the European Union since a coup d'état (supported by Clinton surrogate Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland) overthrew the unpopular but democratically elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014. Incidentally, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had served as an advisor to Yanukovych prior to his ouster.
Trump has been unpopular in Kiev for his promise to improve relations with Moscow, his suggestion that he might recognize Crimea as part of Russia, and his comments about the possibility of removing anti-Russian sanctions. He also enraged Kiev in September by effectively refusing to meet President Poroshenko in New York, citing 'scheduling issues'.