Fw: VPOTUS pool report 3d - Departing Kiev

From: Steve Clemons
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2017 05:11
To: Goodman, Meghan Hays K. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPOTUS pool report 3d - Departing Kiev

Vice President Biden arrived by motorcade at Boryspil International Airport in Kiev, Ukraine at 11:30am. He took pictures with various embassy staff, soldiers, and locals.

This was Vice President Biden's 6th trip to Ukraine.  During their joint statements President Poroshenko told VP Biden, whom he called "Dear Joe," he could come back frequently to Ukraine as a "dear, personal friend of the country."

The dates of previous trips (and this trip) by VP Biden to Ukraine are:

July 2009
April 2014
June 2014
November 2014
December 2015
January 2017

In the midst of taking pictures with locals, VP Biden stepped aside and met former Ukraine Prime Minister  Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who held office from Feb 2014 to Apr 2016.

VP Biden and former Prime Minister Yatsenyuk boarded Air Force Two together and had discussions with Yatsenyuk in his personal cabin. Vice Presidential National Security Advisor Colin Kahl participated in the on-plane discussion.

To the pool's knowledge, there were no others present in the meeting.

Former Prime Minister Yatsenyuk deplaned at 12:03pm.

Wheels up at 12:11pm. Next stop Zurich.

Steve Clemons
Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
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