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Biden to push job training on visit to New Hampshire next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden will visit New Hampshire next week to promote ways to improve job-training skills. While Biden's visit to the early voting state is likely to prompt speculation that he is thinking about a presidential race in 2016, his trip is in line with a request to him from President Barack Obama to lead an across-the-board reform of America's training programs.

Biden warns Russia of more sanctions over Crimea 'land grab'

US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned Russia it faced the prospect of more sanctions over its move to absorb Crimea, calling it "nothing more than a land grab". "Russia's political and economic isolation will only increase if it continues down this path and it will in fact see additional sanctions by the United States and the EU," Biden said during a visit to Warsaw, after the Kremlin announced it now considers Crimea a part of Russia.

Biden in Poland, Lithuania to reassure allies on Russia's borders

By Roberta Rampton WARSAW (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden landed in Warsaw on Tuesday on a mission to reassure allies in eastern Europe that Washington understands their anxieties about Russia's actions in Ukraine and will protect them if needed, officials said. The countries have become increasingly nervous that they could be next in line to face aggression from Russia after President Vladimir Putin's interventions to annex Ukraine's Crimea region.

Biden to travel to Poland, Lithuania next week

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Poland and Lithuania next week to discuss the crisis in Ukraine with allies in the region, the White House said Friday. During his travels to Warsaw and Vilnius from Monday to Wednesday, Biden will hold talks with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk, as well as the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The White House said the meetings were intended to "discuss events in Ukraine and other regional issues."

Biden to travel to Poland, Lithuania next week

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Poland and Lithuania next week to discuss the crisis in Ukraine with allies in the region, the White House said Friday. "During his meetings, the vice president will consult on steps to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and affirm our collective defense commitments under the North Atlantic Treaty and our enduring support for all of our allies and partners in Europe," said a statement about the Monday-Wednesday trip. oh/fb

Biden to visit Ukraine's neighbor Poland, Lithuania next week: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Poland, which borders Ukraine, and Lithuania next week to meet with leaders of the two countries to reassure them about defense commitments under NATO, the White House said on Friday. Biden will meet with the president and prime minister of Poland, and the presidents of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, the White House said in a statement. The meetings will take place in Warsaw and Vilnius, it said.

U.S. VP Biden calls Russia's Medvedev, urges pullback from Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden urged Russia to pull its forces back from Ukraine in a phone call on Monday with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the White House said. "The Vice President urged Russia to pull back its forces, support the immediate deployment of international monitors to Ukraine, and begin a meaningful political dialogue with the Ukrainian government," the White House said in a statement released later on Monday. (Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Susan Heavey)

Biden meets Swiss leader, OSCE head on Ukraine

US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday met Didier Burkhalter, leader of Switzerland and current head of the OSCE group that is seeking a leading role during Ukraine's political transition. Biden held nine phone calls with ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych in recent weeks, seeking to quell political violence, and has emerged as the White House's top pointman on the issue.

U.S. Vice President Biden phones Polish PM to discuss Ukraine -White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Thursday to discuss violent protests in Ukraine that have killed 75 people, the White House said. "They discussed steps the United States, Poland, and the European Union are taking to support an end to the violence and a political solution that is in the best interests of the Ukrainian people," the White House said in a statement. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Biden tells Yanukovich that U.S. prepared to sanction officials over violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in a phone call on Thursday that the United States is prepared to sanction officials responsible for violence against civilian protesters in Kiev, the White House said. "He called upon President Yanukovich to immediately pull back all security forces - police, snipers, military and paramilitary units, and irregular forces," the White House said in a statement.
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