Posted by: U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John F. Tefft
The NATO Lisbon Summit this past weekend is of major significance for all countries of Europe including Ukraine. Major decisions were reached regarding European missile defense, NATO’s new strategic concept and NATO’s commitment to assist Afghanistan. The key documents are posted on our Embassy website and merit a close reading.
For many years I have been an active participant in my country’s relations with Eastern Europe, beginning with my days on the State Department’s Soviet desk, and through my tour as Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow and my time as US Ambassador to Lithuania, Georgia and now Ukraine. So I have watched with interest the last few days as President Obama joined European leaders in Lisbon for the historic NATO Summit, followed by a U.S.-EU Summit. (more…)