BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Romania where he is expected to reassure the NATO member of U.S. commitment to the region amid unrest in neighboring Ukraine after Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Biden was met Tuesday by Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean at Bucharest's Henri Coanda airport. The U.S. has a base in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta that serves as the primary hub for American forces leaving Afghanistan. Romania has 1,029 troops serving in the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
Biden will also visit Cyprus during his visit to Eastern Europe which ends Friday.
He will meet Romanian President Traian Basescu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta Wednesday. They will also discuss Moldova, where 1,500 Russian troops are stationed in a separatist region.