Antagonizing the Neighborhood: Putin's Frozen Conflicts and the Conflict in Ukraine, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, March 11, 2020   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the March 11, 2020 hearing on "Antagonizing the Neighborhood: Putin's Frozen Conflicts and the Conflict in Ukraine," held before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment. From the opening statement of William Keating: "Last month marked 6 years since Russia invaded Ukraine[.] 6 years of conflict in Ukraine, and it is not cold by any means, with cease-fires that failed to hold to this day. [...] The subcommittee's meeting today [...] is to hear testimony on Putin's frozen conflicts and conflict in Ukraine. [...] [W]hen we look around the region, Ukraine simply is [one of] the most recent incidents where Russia has exploited divisions and deployed resources to destabilize the borders of its post-Soviet neighbors. Today we are looking at the conflicts in Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova. Each took a [sic] place in different decades, and Russia's intervention in each was very different as well. However, to this day, none of these countries maintains full control over its borders, and it is instead trapped in the incredibly precarious situation of striving to make critical reforms to strengthen democratic governance and develop closer ties to the West, all while being unable to fully govern and serve all of its citizens. [...] If we are to succeed and overcome in the global crisis and challenges we face in climate change, terrorism, and threats from Russia and China, our best path forward is to work together in a broad coalition of partners who share our democratic values. And these countries will be strong partners, once they have achieved sovereignty over their own borders." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dan Baer, Simon Ostrovsky, Olesya Vartanyan, and Stephen B. Nix.

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