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House Proceeding on Jan 13th, 2010 :: 0:54:35 to 0:58:25
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John Boozman

0:54:32 to 0:54:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: importance of ukraine as a vital friend and strategic partner of the united states, i would urge i reserve the balance of my time. gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. boozman: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. boozman: i rise in support of house resolution 981

John Boozman

0:54:35 to 0:58:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Boozman

John Boozman

0:54:54 to 0:55:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: introduced by chairman berman and expressing our support for the continued political and economic development of ukraine. almost 20 years have passed ukranian people gained their independence by breaking free from the oppressive authoritarian soviet communist regime.

John Boozman

0:55:16 to 0:55:36( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: despite continuing challenges both internal and external, ukraine has made significant progress in establishing a democratic political system and implementing market-based economic ref since becoming an independent state, ukraine has evolved into an increasingly important

John Boozman

0:55:37 to 0:55:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: partner for the united states and for ourure peaian allies. -- our european allies. ukraine's participation in the international mission in afghanistan and nato training mission in iraq are examples of contributions that ukraine has made and is making in its eforts focused on promoting

John Boozman

0:55:58 to 0:56:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: stability and defeating islamist extremists. in recognition of ukraine's commitment, the nato heads of state at their summit in april, 2008, agreed to and declared ukraine will become a member of the nato alliance in the future. in december, 2008, then

John Boozman

0:56:20 to 0:56:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: secretary of state condoleezza rice signed the u.s.-ukraine charter on strategic partnership which aims to expand cooperation between our two countries on issues relating to democracy, defense, energy, and trade. significant challenges continue

John Boozman

0:56:41 to 0:57:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: to confront ukraine, including serious financial troubles it now faces as a result of the global financial crisis. one very serious challenge for the stability of eastern europe as well as the future independence and prosperity of ukraine lies in the apparent interest on the part of some in neighboring russia.

John Boozman

0:57:02 to 0:57:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: to ensure that ukraine is held within the spirit of influence dominated by russia. it's important to ukraine and to europe and to the transatlantic community that russia refrain from any effort to provoke instability by fomenting territorial divisions as it did in georgia.

John Boozman

0:57:24 to 0:57:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: or interfere in ukraine's domestic policies and politics either overtly or through less visible corrupt activities. the russian's invasion of georgia in august of 2008, such concern over russian intentions toward ukraine is no small matter.

John Boozman

0:57:46 to 0:58:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: the kremlin needs to accept the right of ukraine to its independence and to its right to live as a peaceful political democracy free of intimidation. the united states has a strong interest in seeing the rise of a sovereign, free democratic and prosperous ukraine.

John Boozman

0:58:07 to 0:58:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: the presidential elections scheduled to take place next week in ukraine need to be conducted in a free and fair manner. the victor in those elections needs to leave ukraine in a democratic and noncorrupt manner in order to solidify the hard-won progress already made

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