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Central and Eastern European Coalition mounts pressure for action on Ukraine Featured

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The Central and Eastern European Coalition (CEES) calls its members to support adoption of a resolution by the United States Congress that would provide $100M of military assistance to Ukraine and designate Ukraine as a Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA).

The resolution H.R.5190, known as the "Ukraine Security Assistance Act of 2014," has been introduced by Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and co-sponsored by Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Sander Levin (D-MI), co-chairs of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus.

In its Fall Policy Paper, published on Sept 15, the CEES writes:

The riveting Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine’s central Maidan square during the brutal winter months of November 2013-February 2014 demonstrated a people’s desire to define their nation's political identity and focus their efforts to integrate into Western institutions.

In the context of U.S. geo-strategic interests, the current war in Ukraine cannot be understood without recognizing its potentially far-reaching consequences for the world's security. Russian President Putin’s expansion of a “Russkiy Mir" (Russian World) includes tanks and armaments supplied to Russian-led terrorists in eastern Ukraine, and political, economic, social, cultural, and religious aggression and encroachment directed against Ukrainian sovereignty and other countries in the region.  As a result, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is rightly viewed with alarm by our NATO allies, most particularly by those in Central Europe. It is a threat to the stable trans-Atlantic security framework that has emerged since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Ukraine’s inclusion into Euro-Atlantic structures clearly serves U.S. national interests. The security of the United States lies in the expansion of democracy, not in the appeasement of aggressor states making imperial claims. Furthermore, the United States has provided public and politically binding security guarantees, including the 1994 Trilateral Agreement which requires Washington's engagement when Ukraine's security is threatened. In exchange, Ukraine renounced its nuclear weapons and acceded to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear state. These assurances were critical for Ukraine and they included U.S., British, and Russian support for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. Today, each of these security components has been compromised.

 

TheCentral and Eastern European Coalition has also asked its members to support another Congressional resolution, prohibiting the United States from recognizing the de jure or de facto annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. This resolution was introduced by Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA).

Source: CEEC

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