February 13, 2014
U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Dan Baer and Ukrainian social activist and pop star Ruslana met on Thursday, February 13, in Vienna to discuss the ongoing political protests in Ukraine.
Ruslana, winner of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, will also meet with other OSCE Permanent Representatives and visiting parliamentarians attending the Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, urging the international community to support a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Ukraine that secures the country’s future in Europe. Ruslana is in Vienna at the invitation of the Warsaw-based civil society organization Open Dialog Foundation.
Ambassador Baer listened to her analysis of the current situation in Ukraine and asked about the possibilities for reducing tensions and for near-term steps that could constitute political progress. The two discussed human rights abuses and the need for fact-finding, documentation, and accountability. Ambassador Baer told her, “I hope that other diplomats and government officials from the OSCE area will have the chance to hear your observations and advice — your words are a reminder that we must stay energized and engaged, and continue to support a peaceful way forward.”
After the meeting, Baer said: “It was an honor to meet Ruslana — she is such a passionate, smart, charismatic advocate for human rights and for a brighter future for Ukraine and all Ukrainians. I have deep admiration for her courage in the face of vile threats and enormous pressure against her and her family. I reassured her that the United States stands with her and with all Ukrainians in their quest for a peaceful resolution to the political crisis and a free and prosperous European future.”
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