"I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee," Mr. Biden said.
"I had gotten," he added, "a commitment from [President] Poroshenko and from [Prime Minister] Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn't. So they said they had " they were walking out to a press conference. I said, nah, I'm not going to " or, we're not going to give you the billion dollars. They said, you have no authority. You're not the president.'"
"The president said " I said, call him," Mr. Biden replied, evoking, the CFR transcript notes, laughter.
"I said, I'm telling you, you're not getting the billion dollars.' I said, You're not getting the billion. I'm going to be leaving here in,' I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: I'm leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you're not getting the money.' Well, son of a bitch. [Laughter.] He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time."