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Biden warns over energy as 'political weapon'

US President Barack Obama is accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden as he delivers a statement at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2014Vice President Joe Biden vowed the US would work with Ukraine and other allies to prevent countries like Russia from using energy as a “political weapon.” In a telephone call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Biden said aid from the United States and other countries would help Ukraine “meet its most pressing needs,” the White House said in a statement. On Thursday, President Barack Obama signed a bill providing Kiev with $1 billion in loan guarantees, amid the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War. The International Monetary Fund last month announced a $14-$18 billion bailout for Ukraine on Thursday that imposes tough economic conditions that will alter the lives Ukrainians who have grown accustomed to the comforts of Soviet-era subsidies and welfare benefits.

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