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It was a clinic in Realpolitik:

“Some people have urged the United States to choose between supporting President Mikhail Gorbachev and supporting independence-minded leaders throughout the U.S.S.R. I consider this a false choice. We will maintain the strongest possible relationship with the Soviet Government of President Gorbachev. But we also appreciate the new realities of life in the U.S.S.R. And therefore, as a federation ourselves, we want good relations – improved relations – with the Republics. In Ukraine, in Russia, in Armenia, and the Baltics, the spirit of liberty thrives. Yet freedom is not the same as independence. Americans will not support those who seek independence in order to replace a far-off tyranny with a local despotism. They will not aid those who promote a suicidal nationalism based upon ethnic hatred. We will support those who want to build democracy. So many Ukrainian-Americans are with me in the remarks I’ve made here today.”

Just one week before the speech was delivered the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America had transmitted a letter to President in which the UCCA stated:

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