Biden Cuts Trip Short to Meet with Ukraine Leader

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden is cutting short his trip to Latin America to attend a meeting that President Barack Obama is holding Wednesday with Ukraine's prime minister.

Biden is arriving Sunday in Chile to attend Michelle Bachelet's swearing-in as Chile's president. His next stop was supposed to be the Dominican Republic, where Biden had a meeting scheduled with President Danilo Medina.

But the White House says Biden has canceled that stop, although he plans to reschedule.

An aide to Biden says Biden will return to Washington on Tuesday to join Obama's meeting with Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House Wednesday. The aide wasn't authorized to discuss Biden's plans by name and demanded anonymity.

The meeting is intended to demonstrate U.S. support for Ukraine's new government.

President Barack Obama will meet with Ukraine's prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, at the White House Wednesday.

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said Sunday the president would consult with Yatsenyuk and that the meeting demonstrated U.S. support for Ukraine.

Blinken says the White House strategy is to mobilize the international community behind Ukraine, isolate Russia for its actions and reassure U.S. allies and partners.

Obama is in Key Largo, Florida, with his family for the weekend, but on Saturday spoke individually with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande and collectively with the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Blinken made his comments on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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