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Biden Calls Ukrainian President Poroshenko, Discusses Possible Russia Sanctions

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:47:20 +0000

Official White House Photo by David Lienemann(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on a Thursday phone call to discuss the situation in Ukraine and potential U.S. sanctions against Russia.

According to a readout from the call, the two leaders spoke in an effort to pursue a "sustainable ceasefire that would be respected by the separatists and fully supported by Russia." Such an agreement would also "allow for the implementation of the peace plan laid out in Poroshenko's inaugural address."

Biden told Poroshenko that the U.S.' interest in the situation is focused largely on Russia's actions, "not its words."

The U.S. is still considering sanctions against Russia, the readout says, if it does not discontinue its support of the separatists.


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