Borys Tarasyuk, Foreign Minister of Ukraine, will make a quick trip to Washington on Thursday and Friday, March 9 & 10th. He will have a series of meetings with high level government officials and meet with some private organizations, AUR informs.

Many observers of Ukrainian matters in Washington hope the U.S. House of Representatives will quickly pass the legislation needed to graduate Ukraine from the Jackson-Vanik amendment next week, now that the bilateral WTO Accession Agreement on Market Access between the US and Ukraine has been agreed to and will be signed on Monday.

While the foreign minister is in Washington he will attend a private meeting sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce andgive a major foreign policy speech at The Brookings Institution at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 9th. Information about the Brookings speech from their websitecan be found below.

Minister Tarasyuk will also participate in the commemoration of the 192nd anniversary of the birthday of Taras Shevchenko organized by The Embassy of Ukraine. The laying of flowers at the Shevchenko monument in Washington will be at 10:00 a.m. in the square near the monument on the corner of 22nd and P streets, NW

On March 9, Borys Tarasyuk, Foreign Minister of Ukraine, will deliver a speech at the Brookings Institution addressing several notable Ukrainian foreign policy issues including: European-Atlantic strategy; relations with Russia; and the upcoming parliamentary elections in late March and their potential impact on foreign policy.

Carlos Pascual, vice president and director of the Brookings Foreign Policy Studies program and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, will introduce Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk and moderate an audience question and answer session which will follow the presentation.


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