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Biden to reassure Romania, Cyprus of US support in Ukraine crisis

Published on May 20, 2014 12:58 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Romania and Cyprus aims to reassure European allies of the US commitment to the region in the face of Russia's role in the crisis in Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Monday.

Biden's journey Tuesday through Friday is part of an outreach effort that has included trips to Ukraine, the Baltic states and Poland.

"He is making these trips, these calls, taking these meetings all as a way of showing the United States' continuing solidarity and growing partnership with all of our European partners at a complicated and challenging time in Europe," the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Russia's annexation of Crimea and its support for separatist movements in the east and south of Ukraine have drawn economic sanctions from the United States and the European Union.

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