chapter  6
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Foreign Policy

In the span of six years Ukraine went from being a virtually unknown entity to a recognised member of the international community. In 1991 the United States told Ukraine not to pursue independence. Then US President George Bush stopped in Kyiv on his way to Moscow and warned Ukraine that " ... freedom is not the same as independence ... [Americans] will not aid those who promote suicidal nationalism based on ethnic hatred," in the now infamous "Chicken Kyiv" speech. By 1997 Ukraine had become a member of the Council of Europe, the EU had become a major trading partner, NATO had concluded a cooperation agreement with Ukraine, Ukraine's Foreign Minister was elected to chair the United Nations General Assembly, and Ukraine was the third largest recipient of US foreign aid.