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Options to Contain Russia to Be Explored at Helsinki Commission Hearing

Event Opens with Remarks by Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova.

WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following hearing:

CONTAINING RUSSIA
Opposing Russian Imperialism in Ukraine and Beyond

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
2:30 p.m.
Dirksen Senate Office Building
Room 562

Watch live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfCcfCNVWgo&list=PLSgSuCaOloEoP1CXBiIQQDnE6A-LnXUaf&index=59

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s war on the Ukrainian people is an urgent threat to European security and global peace. Should his destructive gambit succeed in Ukraine, Russia will have dramatically expanded its de-facto border with NATO—including through a soft annexation of Belarus—as well as its ability to destabilize the democracies of Central and Western Europe.

Russian military success would threaten to draw a new iron curtain across Europe, dividing those protected by NATO’s security guarantees from those left exposed to Russian predation. This division could lead to significant remilitarization, a reappearance of Cold War tensions, and a reversion to historic cycles of European conflict. Beyond Europe, revisionist powers would be emboldened, and the United States and its Allies would be less able to deter them.

At this hearing, military experts and strategic thinkers will explore options for curtailing Moscow’s ability to wage war on Ukraine and neighboring states, especially those outside the protective umbrella of NATO.

The hearing will begin with brief remarks by Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova.

The following witnesses also are scheduled to testify:

  • General (Ret.) Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Distinguished Professor of the Practice and CETS Senior Fellow, Georgia Tech
  • Dr. Michael Kimmage, Former Policy Planning Staff, U.S, Department of State; Professor of History, The Catholic University of America; Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Dr. Miriam Lanskoy, Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia, National Endowment for Democracy

 

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