Biden, Bulgarian President Plevneliev discuss Ukraine

Written by on April 18, 2014 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Biden, Bulgarian President Plevneliev discuss Ukraine

US vice president Joe Biden has assured Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev of the US’ “ironclad commitment” to the collective defence of its Nato allies, and thanked Plevneliev for Bulgaria’s contributions to the Euro-Atlantic partnership, a White House statement said.

The two leaders discussed the alarming situation in eastern Ukraine, and pledged their full support for Ukraine’s development as an independent, unitary, and democratic state, the statement said.

Biden and Plevneliev emphasised that Russia needs to take immediate, concrete actions to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine, according to the statement, issued after the April 17 telephone conversation.

The two also discussed the importance of efforts to combat corruption, promote democratic accountability, and support independent media in Bulgaria and throughout Europe, the statement said.

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