Biden meets Swiss leader, OSCE head on Ukraine

Swiss President Didier Burkhalter during a press conference at the Chancellery in Berlin on February 18, 2014US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday met Didier Burkhalter, leader of Switzerland and current head of the OSCE group that is seeking a leading role during Ukraine’s political transition. Biden held nine phone calls with ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych in recent weeks, seeking to quell political violence, and has emerged as the White House’s top pointman on the issue. Biden and Burkhalter “consulted on the current situation in Ukraine, including what support the United States and the OSCE could offer to help return the country to peace and stability, to ensure justice and accountability, and to strengthen democratic institutions as Ukrainians chart their future course,” a White House statement said.

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