« Announcing VOC's new online voice: Dissident | Main | U.S. troops to remain in Baltics, Poland next year »
Tuesday
May052015

EANC signs letter to President Obama from the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America

The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

We are a group of organizations united in the firm belief that the stakes for the United States, and the larger democratic world, could not be higher in the ongoing aggression by the Russian Federation and its proxies against Ukraine’s territorial integrity and right to chart its own destiny.

 We know you agree. Last month, for example, you laudably declared: "The 21st century cannot have us stand idle and simply allow the borders of Europe to be redrawn at the barrel of the gun.”

Yet the tragic reality is that, despite the determined diplomatic, economic, and other efforts of the United States and European Union to change the Kremlin’s policy, the annexation of Crimea continues, the destabilization in eastern Ukraine persists, and Ukrainian lives are being lost to the violence inspired, if not instigated, by the Russian Federation.

This is a tragedy of immense proportions. Ominously, it threatens to get still worse, both for Ukraine and other countries in the region that fear Moscow’s long shadow and willingness to interfere in their domestic affairs.

Mr. President, we must prevail in defending the rights of Ukraine and other nations in the region to live free of unwanted outside involvement, to protect their sovereignty and independence, and to be able to choose their friends. They pose no danger to anyone, yet the danger to these nations is ever so real, as we have chillingly witnessed in Ukraine.

We urge you to consider additional measures to demonstrate our nation’s unstinting support for Ukraine, including the provision of further financial assistance, lethal defensive military equipment to allow the people of Ukraine to better protect themselves, and heightened bilateral and multilateral sanctions against Russia to raise the price for its unjustifiable behavior. In doing so, you will have our full support and, we believe, the vast majority of the American people, who do not want to see such menacing behavior against a democratic nation continue.

It would be our earnest hope to have the opportunity to meet with you, Mr. President, to discuss this grave situation in greater detail, and to see how we might best be able to help our country achieve these worthy aims.

Respectfully,

Tamara Olexy, President,  Ukrainian Congress Committee of America                                

David Harris, Executive Director,  American Jewish Committee

Frank J. Spula, President, Polish American Congress

Marju Rink-Abel, President, Estonian American National Council 

Sigina Simkus, President ,  Lithuanian American Community, Inc.                                    

Mamuka Tsereteli, President, Georgian Association in the United States 

Max Teleki, President, Hungarian American Coalition

Anna Surmacova, Belarusan-American Association

Bryan Ardouny, Executive Director Armenian Assembly of America                      

Juraj Slavik, Washington, D.C. Director,  Czechoslovak National Council of America

Karl Altau, Managing Director,  Joint Baltic American National Committee                        

Ken Bombara, Representative, Slovak League of America

Saulius Kuprys, President, Lithuanian American Council