[Aaus-list] US Senate Foreign Relations Hearing: Concern over Ukrainian Reforms Two Years After The Maidan Revolution and the Russian Invasion

Max Pyziur 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
http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/ukrainian-reforms-two-years-after-the-maidan-revolution-and-the-russian-invasion-031516

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;

Panel One
     The Honorable Victoria Nuland
     Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
     U.S. Department of State

Panel Two
     Mr. Ian Brzezinski
     Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
     Atlantic Council

     The Honorable John E. Herbst
     Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia 
Center
     Atlantic Council

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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MP
pyz at brama.com




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