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 White House is "extremely concerned" that the level of corruption in Ukraine is not abating – Novoye Vremya

US Vice President Joe Biden issues warning to Poroshenko and Yatseniuk over corruption in Ukraine while the White House admitts that sanctions against Russia might easily be toughened.

This was reported by Michael Carpenter, Special Advisor to the US Vice President for Europe and Eurasia, at a press briefing in Washington, according to sources of Novoye Vremya website, Censor.NET reports. Carpenter did not specify what the "specific warning" for Ukraine stands for.

The White House is "extremely concerned" that the level of corruption in Ukraine does not show a sign of abating.

Biden sent a "strict and specific" warning to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk that Washington's further support for Kyiv will be jeopardized if the situation in Ukraine does not change.

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Biden also fears that the Minsk agreement, even before the end of the year, will be completely disrupted by the elections to be held in the militant-controlled territories.

Carpenter also mentioned that Russia is building up a military base on the border with Ukraine. This may mean that the conflict may last "for years."

He added that in terms of a 10-point scale, the US sanctions against Russia are currently rank 3, and can be easily enhanced.
 
 
 
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