Ukrainian President Yanukovych calls Biden on dramatic day in Ukraine

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 18:41 EDT
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Riot police face anti-government protesters at a road block in Kiev on Jan. 28, 2014 [AFP]
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Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych called Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday in their second conversation in as many days as his country’s political showdown reaches a pivotal point.

The call took place after Ukraine’s prime minister and entire government resigned and parliament scrapped anti-protest laws in the biggest concessions yet to opposition protesters.

The new contact between the White House and Kiev also came on a day when Russian President Vladimir Putin warned foreign nations against interfering in the politics of ex-Soviet states.

The White House said in a statement that Biden welcomed “progress made today” in Ukraine and called on Yanukovych to sign the repeal of several anti-protest laws passed on January 16 laws without delay.

“He strongly encouraged President Yanukovych to continue to work with the opposition to find compromises critical to a peaceful solution.”

“These include an amnesty law and a new government that can bring political unity, win the confidence of the Ukrainian people, and take Ukraine in the direction of Europe by strengthening democratic institutions and making the reforms necessary to achieve economic prosperity.”

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