Biden promises 'full' US support to new Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Published on Feb 28, 2014 11:46 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Vice-President Joe Biden promised Ukraine's pro-Western interim leaders "full" US support as they seek to head off Russian influence.
Mr Biden called interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday to "welcome the formation of a new government in Ukraine," a White House statement said.
The call came as Ukraine's new leaders issued a blunt warning to Russia against any aggression on the volatile Crimean peninsula.
Dozens of pro-Kremlin gunmen in combat fatigues have seized government buildings in the autonomous republic and anxious Western governments pleaded with Moscow not to escalate tensions.
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