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Ukrainian ambassador plans BYU lecture March 16

His Excellency Olexander Motsyk, Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, will lecture at Brigham Young University about “Ukarine- U.S. Relations” Wednesday, March 16, at 2 p.m. in 1080 Harold B. Lee Library.

Motsyk was appointed ambassador in 2010, having previously served as ambassador to Poland since 2005 and to Turkey in 1997 to 2001. His diplomatic career has included service as first deputy state secretary and first deputy head of the secretariat of the president of Ukraine, first deputy minister of foreign affairs for Ukraine on Euro-integration matters, deputy foreign affairs minister of Ukraine and deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He served as counselor, second secretary and first secretary at the Ukrainian Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, as well as director first secretary and director of the Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he also served in various postings from 1981 to 1992.

A graduate of Kyiv State University as a specialist in international law and an English language interpreter, Motsyk speaks English, Russian and Polish.

This lecture is hosted by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and will be archived at For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 or

Writer: Mel Gardner


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