During a visit to Cyprus this week, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pushed efforts to isolate Russia because of its actions in the Ukraine by sending new gas supplies to Europe.

Biden said the U.S. supports the peace process and unification efforts in Cyprus.

The eastern Mediterranean island has been divided since a Turkish invasion in 1974.

“Analysts say a unified Cyprus could make it possible for Cypriot and Israeli natural gas to be transported to Europe via Turkey,” VOA News reported.

Earlier this month, oilfield services giant Halliburton reached a deal with the government of Cyprus for a base of operations for the eastern Mediterranean.

“[P]ressuring Russia remains the overarching topic of Biden’s visit to the island, VOA News said. “The vice president said he would discuss events in Ukraine with Cypriot leaders, as well as U.S. efforts to impose further sanctions on Russia.”

Ten days ago, Biden’s youngest son Hunter joined the board of directors of Ukraine’s biggest oil and gas company.

Burisma Holdings said the younger Biden will help the company manage its relationships with “international organizations” and oversee the firm’s legal unit.

VP Biden is the most senior U.S. official to set foot on Cyprus since the late U.S. leader Lyndon Johnson visited as Vice President in 1962, VOA News said.


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