THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
April 20, 2014
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN TRAVELS TO UKRAINE
This evening, the Vice President will depart for Kyiv, Ukraine, for meetings with government leaders and members of civil society. While in Kyiv, the Vice President will meet with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Rada Speaker and Acting President Oleksander Turchynov, and key legislators representing different political parties and regions within the Rada to discuss the international community’s efforts to help stabilize and strengthen Ukraine’s economy and to assist Ukraine in moving forward on constitutional reform, decentralization, anti-corruption efforts, and free and fair presidential elections on May 25th. In these meetings, the Vice President will also consult on the latest developments in eastern Ukraine and on steps to enhance Ukraine’s short- and long-term energy security. Later, the Vice President will meet with Ukrainian civil society leaders to discuss the key role nongovernmental organizations play in strengthening Ukraine’s democratic institutions.
Please note all times are approximate and are subject to change.
Monday, April 21st – Kyiv, Ukraine
The Vice President’s arrival in Kyiv at Boryspil International Airport at 3:15 PM LOCAL TIME/8:15 AM ET is open press.
Afterwards, the Vice President will meet with U.S. Embassy staff and families in Kyiv. This event is closed press.
Tuesday, April 22nd – Kyiv, Ukraine
In the morning, the Vice President will meet with Rada Speaker and Acting President Oleksander Turchynov at the Rada. This meeting will be followed by a meeting with Ukrainian legislators from the Rada. There will be a pool spray at the top of this meeting.
Later in the morning, the Vice President will meet with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the Cabinet of Ministers Club. There will be a pool spray at the top of this meeting. A restricted bilateral meeting will follow between the Vice President and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk. This meeting is closed press.
Following their meetings, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and the Vice President will deliver statements to the press. These statements will be open press.
In the afternoon, the Vice President will meet with a group of civil society leaders at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine. The Vice President’s remarks at the top of the meeting will be pooled press.
Afterwards, the Vice President will depart Kyiv, Ukraine, en route Washington, DC.