Washington, DC (UNIS) – As the summit between Presidents Obama and Medvedev draw near, many in Washington have begun to weigh-in on the deliberations and predict the upcoming discussions.  As early as two weeks ago on June 10, 2009, the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) of which the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) is an active member, hosted a policy seminar on Capitol Hill entitled “Security in Central and Eastern Europe on the Eve of the Obama/Medvedev Summit.”  The guest speaker included Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who, during his opening remarks, insisted that the United States “must reject the idea that the independent nations near Russia’s borders constitute any form of bargaining chip, to be traded away in pursuit of better ties with Moscow.”  The policy seminar raised important issues for consideration before President Obama meets with Russian leadership in July, and reflected the view of the CEEC that the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are an important part of U.S. security interests and need continued U.S. attention and support.

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New York, NY (UCCA) -- On June 17th, days before the Obama/Medvedev Summit, members of the UCCA’s Executive Board, Tamara Olexy, President; Roksolana Lozynskyj, Chair of the External Affairs Committee; and Michael Sawkiw, Jr., Director of the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), met with representatives of the U.S. Department of State, the White House, the United States Senate and the House of Representatives to discuss the new Administration’s policy towards Ukraine.

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Washington, DC (UNIS) – As mentioned in a February 9, 2009 UNIS News Release, “Ukrainian Days” will be held in Washington, DC on March 25-26, 2009. The intent of “Ukrainian Days” is to promote the concerns of the Ukrainian American community, as well as to establish better relations with our elected representatives in Congress. During the two day event, participants of “Ukrainian Days” will meet with their respective members of the House of Representatives and Senate in order to communicate to them issues that concern the Ukrainian American community and establish closer communications with their offices. On Wednesday morning, March 25th, UNIS will organize a briefing session at 10:30am at the Heritage Foundation by U.S. government officials from the State Department (invited)Ukrainian Days” by the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS).  and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) including the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOCMF). Of particular interest will be a discussion about the topics of concern to the community, including: increased U.S. foreign assistance to Ukraine; energy security for Ukraine; NATO enlargement; continued advocacy of the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-1933; as well as, the overall context of U.S.-Ukrainian relations. Briefing papers will be supplied to all the participants of “Ukrainian Days".

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