US Vice President Joe Biden says resetting the reset button with Russia will not come at Ukraine’s expense.
His comments came as he visited Kiev to meet President Viktor Yushchenko as part of a wider tour of the region to reassure Ukraine and Georgia of American’s continuing support to join NATO. However, Biden said that did not mean a blank cheque. “The United States support Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and freedom, and to make its own choices. Including what alliances they choose to belong. We are working, as you know Mr President, to reset our relationship with Russia. But I assure you and all the Ukrainian people that it will not come at Ukraine’s expense”. Biden said. Feuding between its leaders has raised concern in Washington about Ukraine’s stability and Biden also urged for an end to the political squabbling. Biden travels to fellow NATO aspirant Georgia tomorrow to meet President Mikheil Saakashvili. He has pledged reform ahead of the visit but is under pressure to step down from Georgia’s opposition.