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Vice-President Biden tells Ukrainian leaders U.S. stands with them

KYIV, Ukraine - U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden is warning Russia that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine. Biden spoke today after meeting with Ukrainian officials in their capital, Kyiv. The vice-president also announced the United States will provide an additional $50 million to help Ukraine's beleaguered government with political and economic reforms. The money includes $11 million to help conduct the May 25 presidential election, including voter education, administration and oversight.

Biden tells Russia 'time is short' for progress on Ukraine

KIEV (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, on a visit to Kiev, said on Tuesday that "time is short" for Russia to make progress on its commitment at Geneva last week to help defuse the crisis in Ukraine. Calling on Moscow to remove troops built up on the borders of Ukraine and to "stop talking and start acting" on the surrender of pro-Russian separatist militants in the east of the country, Biden told a news conference that more provocative actions would lead to further sanctions against Russia.

Biden offers Kiev U.S. help, condemns corruption

KIEV (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian members of parliament in Kiev, including presidential candidates, that the United States was ready to help Ukraine's economy but warned that they must fight the "cancer" of endemic corruption.

US stands with Ukraine in face of 'humiliating threats'

The United States is standing by Ukraine in the face of "humiliating threats" ahead of a crucial presidential election next month, US Vice President Joe Biden told legislators in Kiev Tuesday. "You face very daunting problems, and some might say, humiliating threats," Biden said, adding that the poll set for May 25 could be "the most important election in Ukrainian history". del/txw

Russia faces 'greater isolation' if fails to defuse Ukraine crisis

US Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that it faces "more costs" if it refuses to pull back troops massed along Ukraine's border and stop fuelling separatist unrest in the east. "More provocative behaviour will lead to more costs and greater isolation," Biden told a news conference in Kiev. rmb-del/gd

Biden offers U.S. help on energy, aid allocation for Ukraine

ABOARD AIR FORCE TWO (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will announce a package of technical assistance focused on energy and economic aid distribution during a two day visit to Kiev, a senior administration official said on Monday. Briefing reporters on board Biden's plane, the official said the assistance was made up primarily of technical know-how to help boost energy efficiency as well as production in Ukrainian natural gas fields and extraction of "unconventional" gas resources.

Vice President Biden to meet Ukraine president, prime minister in Kiev

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Ukraine's acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk during a visit to Kiev on Tuesday, the White House said on Sunday. Biden arrives in Kiev on Monday afternoon local time. He will meet with members of Ukraine's Rada parliament from different political parties and regions as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations during his two-day stay, the White House said in a statement.

Lawmakers say Russia is ignoring threats of more western sanctions, urge tougher US stance

WASHINGTON - Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.

Abe, Biden agree on Japan-U.S. cooperation over TPP, Ukraine

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday agreed with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to enhance bilateral cooperation to successfully conclude multilateral talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement as well as to address tensions in Ukraine. Abe and Biden held a telephone conversation for about 20 minutes in response to a U.S. request, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. The talks came ahead of a summit between Abe and President Barack Obama, who will visit Japan next week.

Japan PM talks to U.S. Vice President Biden about Ukraine, trade

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke by telephone to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on topics including the situation in Ukraine and trade negotiations, an Obama administration official said. U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday talks between Russia and Western powers aimed at ending tensions in Ukraine have potential but that Washington and its allies are prepared to impose more sanctions on Moscow if the situation fails to improve.
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