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Ukraine - Relations with U.S. (Notes)


U.S.-UKRAINIAN RELATIONS
The dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991 brought an end to the Cold War and created an opportunity to build bilateral relations with the New Independent States (NIS) as they began a political and economic transformation. On December 25, 1991, the United States officially recognized the independence of Ukraine. It upgraded its consulate in the capital, Kyiv, to embassy status on January 21, 1992. The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is William B. Taylor, the sixth U.S. ambassador since Ukrainian independence.

The United States attaches great importance to the success of Ukraine's transition to a democratic state with a flourishing market economy. Following a period of economic decline characterized by high inflation and a continued reliance on state controls, the Ukrainian Government began taking steps in the fall of 1999 to reinvigorate economic reform that had been stalled for years due to a lack of a reform majority in the Ukrainian parliament. The Ukrainian Government's stated determination to implement comprehensive economic reform is a welcome development, and the U.S. is committed to strengthening its support for Ukraine as it continues on this difficult path. Bilateral relations suffered a setback in September 2002 when the U.S. Government announced it had authenticated a recording of President Kuchma's July 2000 decision to transfer a Kolchuga early warning system to Iraq. The Government of Ukraine denied that the transfer had occurred. Ukraine?s democratic 'Orange Revolution' has led to closer cooperation and more open dialogue between Ukraine and the United States. U.S. policy remains centered on realizing and strengthening a democratic, prosperous, and secure Ukraine more closely integrated into Europe and Euro-Atlantic structures.

U.S. Assistance to Ukraine
A cornerstone for the continuing U.S. partnership with Ukraine and the other NIS has been the Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets (FREEDOM) Support Act (FSA), enacted in October 1992. Ukraine has been a primary recipient of FSA assistance. Total U.S. assistance since independence has been more than $3 billion. U.S. assistance to Ukraine is targeted to promote political and economic reform and to address urgent humanitarian needs. The U.S. has consistently encouraged Ukraine's transition to a democratic society with a prosperous market-based economy. For more detailed information on these programs, please see the 'Annual Report to Congress on U.S. Government Assistance to and Cooperative Activities with Eurasia,' which is available on the State Department's website at the following address: http://www.state.gov/p/eur/ace/. Information is also available on USAID?s website at the address: http://www.usaid.gov.

In November 2006, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) selected Ukraine to be eligible to apply for compact assistance. Ukraine already participates in the MCC Threshold Program, and in December 2006 signed a $45 million Threshold Program agreement. This program, which began implementation in early 2007, aims to reduce corruption in the public sector through civil society monitoring and advocacy, judicial reform, increased government monitoring and enforcement of ethical and administrative standards, streamlining and enforcing regulations, and combating corruption in higher education. Ukraine is beginning the process of developing a Compact proposal, and successful implementation of the Threshold Program will be necessary before the MCC will enter into a Compact with Ukraine. Information is also available on the MCC website at the following address: http://www.mcc.gov/.

[Fact sheet on FY 2005 U.S. Assistance to Ukraine.]

Principal U.S. Embassy Officials


Ambassador--William B. Taylor
Deputy Chief of Mission--Sheila S. Gwaltney
Political Counselor--Kent Logsdon
Economic Counselor--Douglas Kramer
Public Affairs Counselor--Michelle Logsdon
Consul General--Landon Taylor
Management Counselor--Margaret Uyehara
Commercial Officer--Rich Steffens
USAID Mission Director--Earl Gast
Regional Security Officer--George Nutwell
Department of Energy Director--Riaz Awan
Agricultural Attaché--Garth Thorburn
Defense Attaché--Colonel James Molloy
Peace Corps Director--Dianne Schmidt

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv is at 10 Yuriya Kotsyubynskoho Street, 01901 (tel. [380] (44) 490-4000). The Embassy?s website is http://kiev.usembassy.gov/.


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