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Jack Lew Signals U.S. Could Give 'As Much Support As Ukraine Needs'

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23: US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew speaks to the media at the close of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings on February 23, 2014 at The Intercontinental in Sydney, Australia. The G20 is two days of meeting that brings together Finance Ministers and Bank Governors from around the world, in a forum aimed at economic co-operation and decision making. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) | Lisa Maree Williams via Getty Images

WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) - The United States signaled on Sunday it could give as much financial support as Ukraine needs to get the crisis-hit country's economy back on track.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who has urged Kiev to seek assistance from the International Monetary Fund, said Washington could lend a hand either through bilateral programs or larger international institutions.

"The United States is prepared to work with its bilateral and multilateral partners to provide as much support as Ukraine needs," Lew told a conference, adding that Washington was monitoring the situation in Ukraine with "grave concern" after Russia's intervention in Ukraine's Crimea region. (Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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