"The counterparts discussed the situation in the Donbas and ways of its peaceful settlement. Vice president of the United States expressed strong support for the actions of the president and announced the possibility of expanding sanctions against Russia in case of further escalation of the situation," the statement reads.
The parties discussed issues of cooperation between Ukraine and the United States in the political, financial and defense sectors.
"The president of Ukraine appreciated the decision of the United States on the allocation of $2 billion in loan guarantees and expressed the belief that the macro-financial assistance will allow Ukraine to stabilize the macroeconomic situation and relieve tension in the financial markets. The two parties also discussed the possibilities of further U.S. technical assistance to Ukraine," the presidential press service notes.
Poroshenko and Biden agreed to hold a bilateral meeting during the Munich Security Conference, which will be held Feb. 6-8, and discussed the preparations for this meeting.