[Aaus-list] US Senate Foreign Relations Hearing: Concern over Ukrainian Reforms Two Years After The Maidan Revolution and the Russian Invasion
pyz at brama.com
Tue Mar 15 21:16:40 EDT 2016
US Senate Foreign Relations Hearing: Concern over Ukrainian Reforms Two
Years After The Maidan Revolution and the Russian Invasion
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Senate Dirksen 419
Presiding: Senator Corker
Q&A w/ Senators - Nuland's comments begin at ~40 minute mark and went for
about 45 minutes.
Senators attending and questioning Secretary Nuland: Senators Perdue (R) -
Georgia; Shaheen (D) - NH; Barrasso (R) - Montana; Menendez (D) - NJ;
Risch (R) - ID; Murphy (D) - CT; Gardner (R) - Colorado;
The Honorable Victoria Nuland
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Mr. Ian Brzezinski
Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
The Honorable John E. Herbst
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia
The whole committee hearing showed incredible support for Ukraine.
Secretary Nuland answered questions very well.
At issue was the notion (best expressed by Chairman Corker) that the
EU/Europe is inclined to lift sanctions in June unless there is
Ukraine shows considerate compliance w/ Minsk II. Just about every Senator
expressed dismay about Europe's position.
In the audience,
Ambassador Valeriy ("there's a fragrance that's here today called ...")
Chaly attended the whole hearing (visible in the video feed and sitting
not far from the witnesses)
Some brief, telegraphic clips and quotes:
Chairman Corker's comments "entire blanket" - view things holistically,
"using refugees as a weapons of war" - referring to seeing all of Russia's
actions as being interlinked;
Murphy of CT echoed Chairman of Corker, "but
concerned about letting Europe off the hook"; "punch way above their
weight;" "push the administration ..." on aiding Ukraine
"If sanctions are removed in June, then the West will have accepted a de
facto of a new partition of Europe." - Ian Brzezinski
Menendez (D) - NJ took on Jeffrey Goldberg's Atlantic article;
Risch (R) - ID followed Menedez's points on Goldberg's article;
Gardner (R) pressed Nuland on the RAND Baltic study, whether its
conclusions were valid.
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