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Helping Ukraine to Reach the Safe Shore: Foreign Policy Proposals for Europe and the United States

Recorded on January 27, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The decisive victory of the opposition leader Victor Yushchenko in Ukraine's third round of voting on December 26, 2004 has challenged the West to provide the support necessary for making the Orange Revolution a success. With 52% of the votes and a majority in 17 of Ukraine's 27 regions, President Yushchenko faces multiple challenges, including a divided electorate, the transformation of economic ties with Russia from subordination to those of equal partners as well as his country's complex geopolitics.

On the one hand, the United States has supported the triumph of democracy in Ukraine and cooperated with the European Union, achieving a united position in support of Ukraine's transformation - an important post-Iraq cooperative posture. On the other, the EU has fostered the democratic progress in Ukraine throughout the electoral turmoil but has proceeded with caution ever since. The EU now faces a dilemma of its future relations with Ukraine in addition to the thorny issue of Turkey's accession. At the same time, U.S. relations with Russia are important, as the Bush Administration wants Putin's support on future action on Iran, stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq, and counter-terrorism and energy cooperation. With so much at stake, how can the West ensure that Ukraine reaches the safe shore in this most crucial of periods?

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