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Ukraine's prime minister to visit Washington this week

Arseny Yatseniuk
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Arseny Yatseniuk

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Sunday he would go to the United States this week to discuss the standoff with Russia over Ukraine's southern region of Crimea.

"I am going to the United states to hold top-level meetings on resolving the situation unfolding in our bilateral and multilateral relations," Yatseniuk said at the start of a government meeting in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

(Read more: Ukraine's PM: No concessions on Crimea)

He did not immediately give any dates and provided no other details of the visit.

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Yatseniuk at the White House on Wednesday, just days before a referendum on secession by Crimea, in a show of support for Ukrainian sovereignty, the White House said on Sunday.

The leaders will talk about "how to find a peaceful resolution to Russia's ongoing military intervention in Crimea that would respect Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity," the White House said.

(Read more: Putin defends Crimea's move to hold referendum)

By Reuters

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