March 18 - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on two-day mission focusing on ways to make region less dependent on Russian oil and gas. Rough cut. (No Reporter Narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Warsaw Tuesday (March 18) on a mission to reassure allies in eastern Europe that Washington understands their anxieties about Russia's actions in Ukraine and will protect them if needed, officials said. Many countries have become increasingly nervous they could be next in line to face aggression from Russia after President Vladimir Putin's interventions to annex Ukraine's Crimea region. On his two-day mission, Biden plans to discuss ways to help the region become less dependent on Russian oil and gas and limit Moscow's ability to use its energy supplies for political leverage, a senior administration official said. He will also talk about new ways NATO and the United States could support their allies, building on U.S. participation last week in war games in Poland and increased fighter jet patrols in the Baltics.