March 4, 2011 / 6:42 PM / 8 years ago

Biden to discuss Libya, Mideast with Russian leaders

Vice President Joe Biden (R) is joined by Attorney General Eric Holder during a meeting with the cabinet and industry stakeholders about intellectual property rights in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, January 28, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden will discuss the situation in Libya and unrest in the Middle East with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev next week, the White House said.

Biden travels to Russia, Finland and Moldova next week.

Mike McFaul, the White House’s senior director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs, told reporters on a conference call on Friday that the leaders would have a serious discussion about the region during his trip.

Reporting by Jeff Mason

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