Vice President Biden travels to Ukraine

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Kiev June 7, 2014
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Kiev June 7, 2014

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November 13, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Ukraine the week of December 7th, 2015. The Vice President will meet with President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, members of the Rada, and representatives of civil society organizations.

This will be Vice President Biden’s fifth trip to Ukraine since taking office in 2009.

The Vice President aims to provide a strong signal of our support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s continued military intervention and support for separatism in the Donbass.  While violence has decreased somewhat in recent months, compared to what it’s been like over the last couple of years, it’s still fairly violent along the line of contact.  And the separatists and their Russian backers are not — the obligation under the Minks Agreements to calm that conflict down.  And we can go into that in more detail if you’re interested.
 
The Vice President will also underscore that we categorically opposed and continue to oppose Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea.  The Vice President will discuss what additional economic, governance, and rule of law reforms are necessary with Ukraine — the Prime Minister and the President.  He’ll discuss Ukraine’s economic and humanitarian needs.  This is something that we’re very focused on, especially as we head into the winter, where some Ukrainians will be increasingly vulnerable to bad weather.
 
The Vice President will emphasize the need to implement recently passed anti-corruption reforms.  Ukraine has made significant strides in this regard, but there is a long history of corruption and of basically Ukraine oligarchs getting their way in the Ukrainian system.  And while the Ukrainians have made good strides, there is still much more that needs to be done.  So we’ll — undoubtedly that will be a major focus of conversation.  The Vice President will discuss more broadly the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, which are meant to de-escalate hostilities between the Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government.  And in particular, the Vice President will emphasize the need for Russia and the separatists to live up to their obligations under the Minsk Agreements where they have fallen short.
 
The Vice President will discuss the broader diplomatic strategy to keep sanctions on Russia until Minsk is fully implemented, including the conversations we continue to have with our European allies on that support.  And last but not least, the Vice President will discuss continued U.S.-led training efforts to train the Ukrainian armed forces and our overall security assistance to Ukraine to make sure that they can continue to defend themselves in the face of aggression in the east.

For the entire briefing: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/02/background-press-briefing-senior-administration-officials-vice-president
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12/7/15 FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine

6/15/16 FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine since February 2014

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Vice President Biden departs White House enroute for Kyiv, Ukraine
Vice President Biden arrves Kyiv
Vice President Biden overnights in Kyiv

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Vice President Biden participates in a roundtable discussion with of civil society activists and reformers
Hyatt Regency Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukrainian President Poroshenko holds a bilateral meeting
House of Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukrainian President Poroshenko holds a working lunch
House of Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukrainian President Poroshenko deliver a joint statement
Conference Hall of the Bankova, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden meet with staff and families of the U.S. Embassy Hyatt Regency Kyiv, Kyiv,  Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukraian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk holds a bilateral meeting
Cabinet of Ministers Club, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden and Ukraian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk deliver remarks
Cabinet of Ministers Club, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden overnights in Kyiv

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Vice President Biden addresses the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
Ukrainian Club Building, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden departs Kyiv, Ukraine en route Washington D.C.

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* Support by U. S. & other G-7 members
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* Support by NATO

Vice President Biden Travels to Ukraine December 6 – 8, 2015

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  1. WH

    Saturday, December 5, 2015

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  2. Vice President Biden travels to Ukraine

    November 13, 2015

    Washington, D.C. – Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Ukraine the week of December 7th, 2015. The Vice President will meet with President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, members of the Rada, and representatives of civil society organizations.

    This will be Vice President Biden’s fifth trip to Ukraine since taking office in 2009. More information about the Vice President’s schedule will be forthcoming at a later date.

    • December 02, 2015

      Excerpts from Background Press Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on Vice President Joe Biden’s Trip to Ukraine

      The Vice President aims to provide a strong signal of our support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s continued military intervention and support for separatism in the Donbass. While violence has decreased somewhat in recent months, compared to what it’s been like over the last couple of years, it’s still fairly violent along the line of contact. And the separatists and their Russian backers are not — the obligation under the Minks Agreements to calm that conflict down. And we can go into that in more detail if you’re interested.

      The Vice President will also underscore that we categorically opposed and continue to oppose Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea. The Vice President will discuss what additional economic, governance, and rule of law reforms are necessary with Ukraine — the Prime Minister and the President. He’ll discuss Ukraine’s economic and humanitarian needs. This is something that we’re very focused on, especially as we head into the winter, where some Ukrainians will be increasingly vulnerable to bad weather.

      The Vice President will emphasize the need to implement recently passed anti-corruption reforms. Ukraine has made significant strides in this regard, but there is a long history of corruption and of basically Ukraine oligarchs getting their way in the Ukrainian system. And while the Ukrainians have made good strides, there is still much more that needs to be done. So we’ll — undoubtedly that will be a major focus of conversation. The Vice President will discuss more broadly the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, which are meant to de-escalate hostilities between the Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government. And in particular, the Vice President will emphasize the need for Russia and the separatists to live up to their obligations under the Minsk Agreements where they have fallen short.

      The Vice President will discuss the broader diplomatic strategy to keep sanctions on Russia until Minsk is fully implemented, including the conversations we continue to have with our European allies on that support. And last but not least, the Vice President will discuss continued U.S.-led training efforts to train the Ukrainian armed forces and our overall security assistance to Ukraine to make sure that they can continue to defend themselves in the face of aggression in the east.

      For the entire briefing: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/02/background-press-briefing-senior-administration-officials-vice-president

    • December 07, 2015

      Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting With Reformers in the Rada, Civil Society, and Government

      Vice President Joe Biden met today with reformers in the Rada, civil society, and government. The Vice President and other participants spoke about the importance of anti-corruption, governance, and economic reforms. The Vice President also spoke about the situation in the Donbas, and underscored that the costs on Russia would continue to rise until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. Finally, the Vice President noted the key role of civil society and parliament in providing oversight of the government and executive branch.

    • December 09, 2015

      Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden to The Ukrainian Rada

      The Rada

      Kyiv, Ukraine

      11:58 A.M. (Local)

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you. What a great honor for me to be able to represent my country before such an august audience.

      Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Chairman, members of the Rada, ladies and gentlemen, I am deeply honored to be invited to speak to you today at a moment marked by great opportunity, as well as great uncertainty for the people of Ukraine. The stakes for your country and the expectations of your people have never been higher because Ukraine, as you know better than I, has been here before.

      In the West, as here we remember, the Orange Revolution — young men and women who filled the Maidan a decade ago demanding that their voices and their votes both be respected. They refused to back down in the face of rigged elections, and they succeeded.

      But as history tells us and shows, and as we know, Ukraine’s leaders proved incapable of delivering on the promise of democratic revolution. We saw reforms put in place only to be rolled back. We saw oligarchs uninterested in change ousted from power only to return. Reformers persecuted, thrown in prison as political retribution. And the bright flame of hope for a new Ukraine snuffed out by the pervasive poison of cronyism, corruption, and kleptocracy.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/09/remarks-vice-president-joe-biden-ukrainian-rada

    • 36 Hours in Ukraine with Vice President Biden

      Published on Dec 17, 2015

      The Vice President takes us behind the briefings and bilats on a trip to Ukraine as he provides context for Ukraine’s fight to become a true, free, united democracy.

  3. I love Vice President Biden and his precious family. I hate the tragedies that have occurred in his life. They are cool, nice, neat and kind people . Also they are resilient. He has ben an excellent VP to president Obama. I wish his and his family’s future years to be years of love, joy, peace and happiness.

    • Hi vitaminlover,

      Yes, the Bidens have had a lot to endure. VP Biden and his family seem to be the real deal; very down to earth. We are lucky to have such fierce advocates in our corner fighting for us.

  4. WEEKLY ADDRESS: We Will Not Be Terrorized

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    December 5, 2015

    Hi, everybody. This weekend, our hearts are with the people of San Bernardino—another American community shattered by unspeakable violence. We salute the first responders—the police, the SWAT teams, the EMTs—who responded so quickly, with such courage, and saved lives. We pray for the injured as they fight to recover from their wounds.

    Most of all, we stand with 14 families whose hearts are broken. We’re learning more about their loved ones—the men and women, the beautiful lives, that were lost. They were doing what so many of us do this time of year—enjoying the holidays. Celebrating with each other. Rejoicing in the bonds of friendship and community that bind us together, as Americans. Their deaths are an absolute tragedy, not just for San Bernardino, but for our country.

    We’re also learning more about the killers. And we’re working to get a full picture of their motives—why they committed these revolting acts. It’s important to let the investigators do their job. We need to know all the facts. And at my direction, federal law enforcement is helping in every way that they can. We’re going to get to the bottom of this.

    It is entirely possible that these two attackers were radicalized to commit this act of terror. And if so, it would underscore a threat we’ve been focused on for years—the danger of people succumbing to violent extremist ideologies. We know that ISIL and other terrorist groups are actively encouraging people—around the world and in our country—to commit terrible acts of violence, often times as lone wolf actors. And even as we work to prevent attacks, all of us—government, law enforcement, communities, faith leaders—need to work together to prevent people from falling victim to these hateful ideologies.

    More broadly, this tragedy reminds us of our obligation to do everything in our power, together, to keep our communities safe. We know that the killers in San Bernardino used military-style assault weapons—weapons of war—to kill as many people as they could. It’s another tragic reminder that here in America it’s way too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address

    • Saudi Arabia announces 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism

      12/14/15 By Noah Browning – Reuters

      DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA.

      “The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations,” the statement said.

      A long list of Arab countries such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, together with Islamic countries Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and Gulf Arab and African states were mentioned.

      The announcement cited “a duty to protect the Islamic nation from the evils of all terrorist groups and organizations whatever their sect and name which wreak death and corruption on earth and aim to terrorize the innocent.”

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/saudi-arabia-announces-34-state-islamic-military-alliance-002409921.html

  5. December 05, 2015

    Readout of the President’s Call with President Francois Hollande of France

    President Obama spoke today by phone with President Francois Hollande of France about the horrific shootings in San Bernardino, California. On behalf of the American people, the President accepted President Hollande’s condolences for the loss of life in the attack. The President briefed President Hollande on what we know about the attack and steps our intelligence and law enforcement agencies are taking to investigate. The two leaders pledged continued cooperation between our two governments and with those of our allies and friends to fight terrorism, both abroad and at home. President Obama and President Hollande also discussed progress being made at the COP21 climate conference in Paris and agreed to continue to stay in close touch as the conference continues.

  6. December 05, 2015

    Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call With President-Elect Mauricio Macri of Argentina

    Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri by phone today to discuss the prospects for strengthening cooperation between the United States and Argentina on bilateral and regional issues. The Vice President congratulated President-elect Macri on his election victory on November 22nd and upcoming inauguration on December 10th. The two leaders agreed that deeper ties between the United States and Argentina are essential to building a Western Hemisphere that is prosperous, democratic, and secure.

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