The U.S. Senate hearings on Ukraine demonstrate interest of the United States in our state, the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States said in a statement issued Wednesday during the Hearings of the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, entitled "Ukraine at a Crossroads: What's at Stake for the U.S. and Europe?"

"I would like to begin by thanking you for your interest in Ukraine which today's hearings demonstrate, and by assuring you that this interest in developing the Strategic Partnership between our nations is mutual," Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oleksandr Motsyk said in his speech, UKRINFORM reports.

The ambassador noted that "strengthening cooperation with the U.S. is one of Ukraine's key foreign policy priorities, along with our relations with the European Union and the Russian Federation. I am sure that our Government's vision of the future Ukraine is no different from the vision that our partners in the U.S. and the EU have. We all want to see Ukraine as a successful, democratic, and prosperous nation. We attribute particular significance to ensuring the free, transparent and democratic conduct of elections in accordance with the highest global standards. 2010 presidential elections were recognized as free and fair. We welcome the widest possible participation of international observers, including from the U.S., in our parliamentary elections that will take place in October 2012".

Special attention in the statement is paid to the current trials in Ukraine, in particular, the case of Yulia Tymoshenko, and their influence on the process of European integration. Ambassador Motsyk emphasized that "the verdict against Mrs. Tymoshenko, which has been appealed, found her guilty not of political decisions, but of violating specific criminal laws, which has led to very grave consequences for the Ukrainian economy. Any attempts to link this case to the European aspirations of Ukraine are artificial. All issues concerning cooperation between Ukraine and the EU must be solved within the economic and political frameworks, and criminal cases within the legal framework".

The diplomat also added that Ukraine appreciate the U.S. support of our country's European aspirations and is determined to continue our comprehensive cooperation and frank and productive dialogue in the spirit of Strategic Partnership between our nations.

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