U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John F. Tefft and U.S. Department of State Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy presided over a ceremony to officially open the new U.S. embassy at 4 A.I. Sikorsky Street (formerly Tankova). Special guests included Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodomyr Lytvyn, Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, Kyiv Mayor Oleksandr Popov, Head of Presidential Administration Serhiy Lyovochkin, Ruslana, and Heather Townsend, Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.

"It's hard to imagine a better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the United States and Ukraine, then to start with this very comfortable, very functional embassy," U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John F. Tefft said.

In his turn Verkhovna Rada speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn stressed that "Washington from the first days of Ukrainian independence was and continues to be a leading assistant and advisor in building and strengthening the Ukrainian statehood". The speaker expressed his belief that with joint efforts Ukraine and the U.S. will develop new ideas and implement new hopes and opportunities to open the next, more advanced stage in building the Ukrainian-American bilateral relations.

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