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Vice President Biden / Mindaugas Kulbis, AP

Vice President Biden headed back to the United States on Wednesday after a two-day trip to Poland and Lithuania that included a phone call to another key regional leader: Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Biden, who spoke with Yatsenyuk on Tuesday night, had two days of face-to-face meetings with the leaders of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, pledging U.S. support in the face of Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine.

"As long as Russia proceeds along this dark path, they will receive increasing political and economic isolation," Biden told reporters in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The vice president's office described the Yatsenyuk phone call as a "check in" with the Ukranian leader and declined further comment.

During his comments in Vilnius, Biden also said that "Russia cannot escape that the world is changing and rejecting outright their behavior ... And that there is a price to pay for naked aggression."

Biden is scheduled to be back in Washington on Wednesday night.



Copyright 2014 USATODAY.com

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