WASHINGTON, October 31 (RIA Novosti) — US Vice President Joseph Biden congratulated Ukrainians on parliamentary elections during his phone conversation with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the White House said in a statement.
"Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to congratulate the people of Ukraine on holding successful, orderly, democratic elections," said the statement released on Thursday.
According to the statement the two politicians also discussed the Russian-Ukrainian gas dispute and the expanded international financial aid to Ukraine.
Biden said that he is "looking forward to discussing how the United States can further assist Ukraine during his visit to Kiev next month."
On Monday US Vice President Biden congratulated Ukraine on elections in a phone conversation with the country's President Petro Poroshenko. It was announced that Biden will travel to Ukraine the week of November 17 and meet with Poroshenko to discuss bilateral relations and the implementation of Kiev's ceasefire agreement with the independence supporters of Southeastern Ukraine.
On Sunday, October 26, early parliamentary elections were held in Ukraine against the background of a serious political and economic crisis.
With 99.65 percent of the votes now counted, the People's Front party headed by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is leading with 22.16 percent, followed closely by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's Bloc with 21.83 percent of the votes.