In November in the United States published a book of memoirs of the Vice-President of the United States in 2009-2017 years of Joe Biden “Promise me, dad.” The book is dedicated to the son of the former Vice-President of the United States – Beau Biden, who in may of 2015, died from brain cancer. In his memoirs Joe Biden tells of the struggle of the son with the disease, its role in the Obama administration and activities for conflict resolution in Eastern Europe and the middle East.

The Obama administration is Joe Biden was responsible for the Ukrainian direction, repeatedly made visits to Ukraine and demanded that the Ukrainian leadership to fight corruption. gives several quotes from the book on the Russian-Ukrainian war and debate Biden with Ukrainian politicians.

About how Biden told Yanukovych that it was time to leave

“I made the last of many urgent calls to Yanukovych in late February 2014, when his snipers killing dozens of Ukrainian citizens and we had credible information that he was preparing even more brutal crackdown. I drew his attention to the fact that he needs to exercise restraint in dealing with its citizens, but that night, three months after the start of the protests, I told him that it’s over; it’s time to withdraw their fighters to leave. I reminded him that his only real supporters were his political patrons and his handlers in the Kremlin, and that he should not expect that your Russian friends will save him from this disaster. I said that Yanukovych has lost the confidence of the Ukrainian people and that history will severely condemn him if he will continue to kill them. Disgraced President fled from Ukraine the next day – thanks to the courage and determination of protesters, the control of the government temporarily in the hands of a young patriot by the name of Arseniy Yatsenyuk”.

Obama warned that can not start a war with Russia over Ukraine

“He (Obama – ed.) was always against the current long error to allow small local military conflicts inadvertently grow into a raging fire that nobody can control. He warned me sometimes that we should not make excessive promises of the new Ukrainian government. “We are not going to send in the 82nd airborne (division of the armed forces of the United States – ed.), Joe. They need to understand it.” The President agreed that we can and we must convince our European allies of the need to support and expand serious economic sanctions against Russia.”

About the confrontation between Yatsenyuk and Poroshenko

“The new President and the new Prime Minister of Ukraine, meanwhile, is constantly faced with trust issues. President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk were from rival parties, the elections were for them a painful and divisive. Their political environment relied more on settling political scores than control. Faction of Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk wasted energy on squabbling with each other in that time, they should create institutions and security forces, able to defend themselves against Putin. Ukrainians have still not been formed the government at the end of November (2014 ed.), six months after Poroshenko took the post of President. If failed to do so in the near future, it would mean early elections. And that would mean problems. Putin’s agents would definitely have pumped money campaign, the Pro-Russian candidate, and probably stopped any hope of real independence in Ukraine. The European Union and NATO, most likely, would leave Ukraine as a hopeless problem, and the country would have entered the toxic orbit. The bravery and sacrifice of so many people during the revolution of Dignity to what would come”.

On the formation of the coalition in the fall of 2014

“I spent months exchanging phone calls and Poroshenko, and Yatsenyuk, trying to convince them, individually, to put loyalty to country above loyalty to a political party. I spent two full days in Kiev, trying to force Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk to see the danger of their stubborn unwillingness to work together. I’m still working on this problem on my way from Kiev on 22 November… Yatsenyuk called me when I left and I invited him to take a ride to the airport with me. I liked Arseny. He was a smart – Ph. D., economist (candidate of economic Sciences, – ed.) – but not clamped academician. He was a serious young leader who cared about the fact that his native country was a functioning democracy with secure borders.” 40-year-old Prime Minister was even such a trait as idealism, which I appreciated, and during the trip to the airport in a limousine I appealed to this quality. “Look here,” I said Yatsenyuk, you should be with Poroshenko. You need to be a team. You can’t go our separate ways. If new elections will be appointed, it would be a disaster. You will lose everything. I tell you, Arseniy, it is in your power. You must be a person of impact. You can do it. It will be hard. But you can do it.”

When Yatsenyuk phoned me on a secure line, in Nantucket, he had important news, and he wanted me to know them first. He told me that a rival party has just formed a new coalition government. He will remain Prime Minister, but a key ally of Poroshenko (Groisman, – ed.) become speaker of the new Parliament. Both also agreed on an agenda with which to go further. “I have the obligation given to you, Mr. Vice President,” he said to me.”

What Biden said about Ukraine in his memoirs 26.12.2017

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