"I am desperately concerned about the backsliding on the part of Kyiv in terms of corruption. I’ll give you one concrete example: That was an assignment I got. I got all the good ones. So, I got Ukraine. I remember going over convincing our team that we should be providing for loan guarantees. Now on over, I guess, 12th – 13th time to Kyiv, I was supposed to announce that there is another billion dollar loan guarantee. And I got a commitment from Poroshenko and Yatseniuk that they will take action against the state prosecutor, but they didn’t," Biden said.
"So they walk out on a press conference and I said: “We are not going to give you a billion dollars.” They said: “You do not have the authority, you are not the president. The president said it.” I said: “Call him!” I said: “I’m telling you - you are not getting a billion dollars.” I said “I'm leaving in six hours, and if the prosecutor is not fired you are not getting the money.” Well, son of a bitch! He got fired and they put in place someone who was solid," he said.
The former U.S. vice president also mentioned the the anti-corruption court in his speech.
"So they’ve made some genuine, substantial changes institutionally and with people. But one of the three institutions – there is now some backsliding," Biden said meaning the anti-corruption court. “And they have made their commitment that they wouldn't do that," Biden said.