Biden heads to Poland to send signal to Russia

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Associated Press

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is on his way to Europe to send a clear signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin about his intervention in Ukraine.

Biden left Washington late Monday for Warsaw, where he'll meet Tuesday with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and President Bronislaw Komorowski. He'll meet separately with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

In Lithuania, Biden will meet with President Dalia Grybauskaite and Latvia's President Andris Berzins.

The meetings with the NATO allies are part of a broader U.S. campaign to persuade Putin to back off in Ukraine. As Biden was preparing to depart, Putin recognized Crimea's independence and the U.S. imposed the most comprehensive sanctions against Russian officials since the Cold War.

Latvia and Estonia share borders with Russia, and Poland and Lithuania are nearby.

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