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Ukraine: Russian sanctions to remain vows Biden on final Ukraine visit02:33

Ukraine: Russian sanctions to remain vows Biden on final Ukraine visit

Ukraine, Kiev
January 16, 2017 at 15:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

US Vice President Joe Biden called for sanctions against Russia to "remain in place" and expressed hope that the incoming Donald Trump's administration would continue the US' support of Ukraine, in a joint press conference held alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in Kiev, Monday.

Biden's remark came after President-elect Trump mooted lifting the anti-Russia sanctions in exchange for a nuclear weapons cut in an interview with the Times of London. The vice president stressed that together with EU and G7 partners, the sanctions against Russia will remain until Russia "fully implements its commitments under the Minsk agreement" and "returns full control to the people of Ukraine."

Biden noted that the US had supported Ukraine "at every step of the way" since gaining its independence, before expressing hope that the Trump administration would also be "a supporter and a partner in your [Ukraine's] continued progress."

Poroshenko echoed Biden's sentiments, thanking Biden and the outgoing Barack Obama administration "for the advice and support" of Ukraine, while also stating that he hoped the Trump administration "would be helping us in our work as well."

This was the last Biden's official visit to Ukraine as the US vice-president.

Ukraine: Russian sanctions to remain vows Biden on final Ukraine visit02:33
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US Vice President Joe Biden called for sanctions against Russia to "remain in place" and expressed hope that the incoming Donald Trump's administration would continue the US' support of Ukraine, in a joint press conference held alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in Kiev, Monday.

Biden's remark came after President-elect Trump mooted lifting the anti-Russia sanctions in exchange for a nuclear weapons cut in an interview with the Times of London. The vice president stressed that together with EU and G7 partners, the sanctions against Russia will remain until Russia "fully implements its commitments under the Minsk agreement" and "returns full control to the people of Ukraine."

Biden noted that the US had supported Ukraine "at every step of the way" since gaining its independence, before expressing hope that the Trump administration would also be "a supporter and a partner in your [Ukraine's] continued progress."

Poroshenko echoed Biden's sentiments, thanking Biden and the outgoing Barack Obama administration "for the advice and support" of Ukraine, while also stating that he hoped the Trump administration "would be helping us in our work as well."

This was the last Biden's official visit to Ukraine as the US vice-president.