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White House to send Biden to Kiev as conflict with Russia escalates

Published on Apr 13, 2014 6:42 AM
 
United States Vice-President Joe Biden will travel to Kiev on April 22, to demonstrate high-level US support for Ukraine, the White House said on Saturday after expressing concern about escalating tensions in the eastern part of the country. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - United States (US) Vice-President Joe Biden will travel to Kiev on April 22, to demonstrate high-level US support for Ukraine, the White House said on Saturday after expressing concern about escalating tensions in the eastern part of the country.

The White House warned Russia against further military action in Ukraine after armed separatists seized government offices in the eastern city of Slaviansk, saying the situation was reminiscent of what happened before Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region.

"The Vice-President will discuss the latest developments in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists, apparently with the support of Moscow, continue an orchestrated campaign of incitement and sabotage to destabilise the Ukrainian state," the White House said in a statement.

Mr Biden, a top advisor to President Barack Obama on foreign policy issues, has been deeply involved in US diplomatic efforts in Ukraine since protests erupted in Kiev in November.

 
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