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Biden to Trump:Retain Russia Sanctions 01/16 09:22

   KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, on a last foreign trip 
before leaving office, has met with Ukraine's president and called on the 
impending Donald Trump administration to retain Ukraine-related sanctions 
against Russia.

   Biden's comments Monday at a briefing with President Petro Poroshenko came 
after Trump indicated in a Times of London interview that he could end 
sanctions imposed in the aftermath Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea in return 
for a nuclear arms reduction deal.

   "The Crimea-related sanctions against Russia must remain in place until 
Russia returns full control to the people of Ukraine," Biden said.

   Other U.S. sanctions are connected to Russia's involvement in the separatist 
war in eastern Ukraine. Biden said that Russia must fulfill its obligations 
under the 2015 Minsk agreement on ending that conflict.


(KA)

 
 
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