US urges to accelerate reforms: Biden talks energy reform with Ukraine's Poroshenko - RFE/RL

09:58 Sep. 21, 2016

Biden talks energy reform with Ukraine's Poroshenko - RFE/RL

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo)

US administration is prepared to go ahead with another USD 1 billion sovereign loan guarantee for Kyiv, Biden assured 

US Vice President Joe Biden has told Ukraine's president that reforms to the country's energy sector are imperative and need to be accelerated. 

The White House said in a statement on September 21 that Biden also told visiting President Petro Poroshenko that he needed to do more to clean up Ukraine's judiciary and prosecutor's office, which have been tainted by corruption for years. 

Watch also Petro Poroshenko's ongoing visit to US

The two officials met in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. 

There was no immediate comment from the Ukrainian president's office about the meeting. 

Biden also told Poroshenko that the US administration is prepared to go ahead with another USD 1 billion sovereign loan guarantee for Kyiv to help it shore up its finances. 

Biden has been the US administration's point person in dealings with Ukraine and one of its staunchest supporters as Kyiv struggles with Russia's forcible annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and the Russia-backed insurgency in the eastern Donbas region.

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