Ukraine Ambassador Oleksander Motsyk to speak at World Trade Center in Baltimore


Oleksander Motsyk, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, will deliver an address “The Prospects of Relations between Ukraine and the United States” on Wednesday December 5, 2012. The program will be held at the World Trade Center Baltimore, 401 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202 at 6:00 p.m. A 5:15 p.m. reception precedes the address.

Russia, Europe, and the United States all have significant interests in Ukraine.  However, geography, demographics, and economics cause Ukraine to be torn between connections to the East (historical and cultural ties to Russia, energy dependence, and current Russian efforts to influence neighbors) on one hand; and the benefits of economic and political relations with the West on the other.
The United States’ policy seeking closer political and economic ties with Ukraine has, in part, been a means of shaping a democratic Europe.  However, the great promise of the “Orange Revolution” has evolved into something other than a democratic order.  Ukraine has become a case study of the difficulties and unpredictably of regime change.
Of course, Ambassador Motsyk is capable of providing insightful assessments of Ukraine’s internal politics, economic interests and foreign relations.
Upon graduation from Kiev State University, School of International Relations, Department of International Law (summa cum laude), Oleksander Motsyk began a diplomatic career in which international law has been central. His responsibilities have included significant positions relative to international organizations, treaties and legal affairs, and European integration. He also has published in the fields of international law and international relations.
His public service has included foreign ministry positions as Deputy State Secretary, First Deputy Minister for European Integration, and First Deputy State Secretary.  He has also has served as First Deputy Head in the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine. He held ambassadorships to Turkey and Poland before becoming Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States in July of 2010.
 Reservations are required.  Members may attend free of charge and membership is open to the public.Non-member admission is $25.00. Membership, event information, and reservations may obtained by phone (410-727-2150), by fax (410-727-2174), by writing The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs, World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt Street, Suite 1611, Baltimore, MD 21202, or by email (