Biden traveling to Russia during European swing

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Russia next month as part of a three-country trip to Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

Biden is scheduled to depart the U.S. the week of March 7, but further details surrounding his visit have yet to be released.

While in Moscow, Biden "will seek to build on the reset in U.S.-Russian relations, with a focus on ways to further the prosperity of our two countries," according to the White House.

The Obama administration has put a premium on "resetting" relations with Russia, which were on rocky ground during the era of former President George W. Bush and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Biden's visit is the first by a senior member of the administration since President Obama ratified the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia late last year.

The vice president will also travel to Finland and Moldova on his trip. He will be accompanied by his wife, Jill Biden.