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Yanukovych Appeals To Obama On Strategic Partnership

Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Kyiv on July 2
A foreign policy adviser to Viktor Yanukovych says he will deliver a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama written by the Ukrainian president that calls for a strategic partnership regardless of the broader geopolitical climate.

Andriy Fialko was speaking at a panel discussion on July 13 on Ukraine's future at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. He said he planned to deliver the letter the following day.

"I set myself an ambitious task -- that the Ukrainian-American strategic partnership becomes a kind of a national consensus in both countries. That irrespective of who is in power, irrespective of what the geopolitical situation is, or the internal situation, this is a priority to be pursued in both countries by all political parties," Andriy Fialko quoted from the letter.

Many observers in the United States have expressed concern at Ukraine's seemingly rapid realignment with Russia since Yanukovych came to power in February, highlighted by the scrapping of efforts to join NATO.

On a visit to Ukraine earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that "NATO's door remains open to Ukraine."
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