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Ukraine's Difficult Road to Independence

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Publication Date: June 1991

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Leon Aron

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Government (Foreign relations)

Keywords: Russia and Eurasia

Type: Report

Coverage: Ukraine

Abstract:

The Bush Administration should not shy away from promoting a free and democratic Ukraine for fear of offending Gorbachev. Ukraine is creating its own laws and is beginning to conduct its own foreign affairs, thereby creating a new legal basis for relations with foreign states. So long as Ukraine or any other republican government does not object to U.S. aid to democratic groups, then Washington should proceed with assistance programs, knowing not only that they are legal in the eyes of the republican governments, but desired by the people.