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Biden cuts trip short to meet with Ukraine leader

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Vice President Biden and President Obama arrive to make a statement about the ongoing situation in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on Aug. 31, 2013. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)
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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.


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