WASHINGTON – A delegation of members of Samopomich (Self-Reliance), a growing influential minority political party in Ukraine, came to the United States in early March to promote their country’s needs and interests with representatives of the U.S. government, international organizations and interested U.S. political and Ukrainian institutions. The visit began in New York City, where the Samopomich party’s founder and leader, Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, had a discussion at the Ukrainian Institute of America with representatives of the city’s Ukrainian community. He also met with the New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, reportedly discussing issues involving this country’s political support for Ukraine. Mayor Sadovyi then traveled to Washington, where, along with his party’s deputy speaker in the Verkhovna Rada, Oksana Syroid, the party’s leader in the Rada, Oleh Bereziuk, and Rada member Serhiy Kiral, they held meetings with officials at the U.S. State Department, the International Monetary Fund, the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute. Commenting after his meeting with Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell, Mr. Sadovyi noted that the message he heard was “very clear”: passing the anti-corruption court law was crucial, and that this will affect how the U.S. and the West will support Ukraine in the future.