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Open letter to President Barack Obama in support of the Ukraine Freedom Support Act

15 Dec 2014 8:30 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

Open letter to President Barack Obama in support of the Ukraine Freedom Support Act,

On December 11, 2014, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act was passed by both houses of Congress in a swift and decisive manner.  The expedited passage of this bill in a bipartisan way gives clear evidence that the elected representatives of the people of the United States fully recognize that Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine is a direct threat to peace and security in the world and also to the United States itself.  

Since the cataclysmic events of World War II, the world's nations have attempted to establish basic principles of international law and behavior to be adhered to by the governments of all nations so as to prevent future conflagrations on a global scale.  The UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act [the charter document of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] and the various organic documents of the European Union, have had as their linchpin the principle of territorial integrity and security and the inviolability of borders of independent states.  This month 20 years ago, Ukraine - at the behest of the United States of America, Great Britain, and Russia -- voluntarily surrendered the world’s 3rdlargest nuclear arsenal.  All it asked for in return was that the signatory parties obligate themselves to respect Ukraine’s territorial, political, and economic integrity. 

It is self-evident that Vladimir Putin has dug in his heels and has made the economic calculation that he can withstand the financial price of a scolding by the West  -- and all international agreements, promises, and pledges Russia had signed in the past don't matter.  He has maliciously put the entire world order and international rule of law into extreme jeopardy.  If he is not restrained by decisive actions by the West, then our children and grandchildren will be condemned to a probable conflagration on the European continent that will be as great or even greater than the horrors of World War II [recall Putin's recent verbal flexing of his nuclear muscle] .....and from which America will have no escape.

Mr. President, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act is on your desk awaiting your signature.  The Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA) strongly urges that you sign this legislation as soon as possible.  As the leader of the free world, you must take strong and decisive action and reaffirm America’s world leadership position now!  You should not wait for Europe to act.  Once signed into law, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act will be a clear message to Vladimir Putin and to the entire world that America is committed to the international rule of law and that it stands by its international obligations.  But most importantly, it will show that America’s commitment to world peace is bipartisan; supported by both the executive and legislative branches of our government, and represents the moral ideals of the people of our great country.

For further information, please contact
Myroslaw Smorodsky, Esq.
Communications Director of the Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA)
Tel: 201-507-4500; Email; myroslaw@smorodsky.com; Website; www.smorodsky.com


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