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President of Ukraine presented with award of London Royal Institute of International Relations
18.10.2005 | 11:27

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presented the first prize of the Royal Institute of International Relations to President Viktor Yushchenko on Monday evening. The President was awarded for his significant contribution to improvement of international relations. The decoration ceremony, in which HRH the Duke of Edinburgh also participated, was held at the Mansion House in London.

The Queen presented the Ukrainian President with the prize, made of glass with a memory entry and the emblem of the Chatham House engraved on it.

"President Viktor Yushchenko's achievement as a statesman was his victory in the domestic political revolution whilst simultaneously dealing with neighboring states, who have sought to influence Ukraine's political and economic life", Director of the Chatham House Victor Bulmer-Thomas said, by way of grounding the choice of the prize recipient. As he added, "Viktor Yushchenko's adeptness in handling relations with other states has ensured that Ukraine, as a pivotal state in Eastern Europe and Russia's most important western neighbor, has not become the cause of a series deterioration in relations between Russia and Western Europe".

As the Queen told the Ukrainian President before the decoration ceremony, the award is a token of great respect for achievements of the Ukrainian nation. In his turn, President Yushchenko told the Queen about Ukrainian unique traditions and the history.

After the solemn part a reception in honor of the Ukrainian Head of State was held and the British Prime Minister's wife Cherie Blair delivered a speech.


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