“The ultimate importance to the United States of our security and development assistance programs cannot be exaggerated.” (President Ronald Reagan – statement December 29, 1981)
The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation is and has been a strong advocate for United States aid to Ukraine. In turn the Foundation has urged control over such assistance so that it is strategic, spent efficiently and as intended.
As a ‘do tank’ we at the Foundation are proud of having raised about 50 million dollars from within the US and including from other international donors for various successful technical assistance projects. (Please visit our HISTORY page to see all of the many programs we have run over the years.) Projects that have supported US Ukraine relations, helped strengthen Ukraine’s civil society and the development of key institutions at both the local and national level.
The Foundation does acknowledge that there has always been a larger debate about the importance and value of foreign aid and assistance in general. That is not new, but foreign aid is an essential element in the United States pursuing its own national interests. The challenge is to provide aid and assistance wisely to the advancement and protection of those vital national interests. And relevant here – Ukraine is central to American security interests.
We live in a dangerous world, and it is a complicated world. In addition to the threats we face from extreme Islam, China is an expansionist power determined to undermine our interests across the globe, there is nuclear North Korea and any number of other serious threats. And among the most serious threats is the aggression of the Russian Kremlin. There is a long historical consistency to the malevolent role Russia has played in the world and as a threat to American interests. The U.S. would be foolhardy not to invest in protecting against the expansion of Russian influence and its efforts to dominate our allies. Further, it would be an outrage for the United States not to provide determinative assistance to Ukraine after giving it our solemn commitment to protect its sovereignty in the Budapest Memorandum where Ukraine, in turn, gave up its nuclear arsenal.
It is in the United States best interests to live up to its promises and wisely to provide foreign assistance to Ukraine.
The Foundation has been a strong advocate for Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO. It’s understood that the Kremlin will never support Ukraine’s desire to join NATO. Just as it opposed the Baltic States joining NATO.
It is time to take more active steps supporting Ukraine’s fight to adopt European values and join the European community.