The Washington Times - March 14, 2014, 07:33PM

With Ukraine in turmoil, Vice President Joseph R. Biden will travel to the region next week and meet with the leaders of Poland, Latvia and other nations.

Mr. Biden’s trip, which will last from Monday to Wednesday, will focus on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Voters in Ukraine’s strategic region of Crimea will vote Sunday whether to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, a move the U.S. and its allies say they won’t recognize.

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Mr. Biden will travel to Warsaw and the Lithuanian capital of Lilnius. While in those two cities, the vice president will meet with the president and prime minister of Poland and the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

“During his meetings, the vice president will consult on steps to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and affirm our collective defense commitments under the North Atlantic Treaty and our enduring support for all of our allies and partners in Europe,” the White House said.