Ukraine at a Crossroads: What's at Stake for the U.S. and Europe? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, February 1, 2012 [open pdf - 4MB]
From the opening statement of Jeanne Shaheen: "As one of the largest and most strategically located countries in Europe, Ukraine literally and figuratively lies at the crossroads between Europe and Russia. Its importance as an energy transit state and as a force in the vital Black Sea region has made the country a unique and critical player in Euro-Atlantic economic, energy, and security considerations. In addition, the country's ongoing transition from a Soviet Republic to a market-based democratic system makes Ukraine an important test case for reform in this part of the world. Obviously the people of Ukraine will have the final say on the future of their country; however, we are here today because the path Ukraine ultimately chooses is important to the United States and our European allies. As a result, the United States and Europe must play a more aggressive role in encouraging Ukraine to continue down the path to reform." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Barrasso, Eugenia Tymoshenko Carr, Edward C. Chow, Steven Piper, Jeanne Shaheen, Damon M. Wilson, and Alexander Motsyk.
S. Hrg. 112-471; Senate Hearing 112-471
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