Biden presses Russia on Ukraine peace deal, return of Crimea

US Vice President Joe Biden (L) talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on December 7, 2015, during a three-day working visit intended to signal support for Kiev amid its ongoing clash with MoscowUS Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that Washington remained determined to see Russia adhere to a shaky Ukrainian peace agreement and hand back Crimea to Kiev. Biden’s visit is his fourth to Kiev since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula in March 2014 and then watched with approval as pro-Kremlin fighters carved out their own region in the eastern industrial heart of the ex-Soviet state. The war-scarred nation now fears slipping off the global radar due to recent international efforts to enlist Moscow in a joint fight against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq.

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