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