WASHINGTON – A group of American ethnic leaders from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) along with former US ambassadors to NATO and 14 CEE countries; General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Commander; and Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, former US Ambassador to Sweden; On October 12, it announced a campaign warning voters in battlefield states of the dangers that the re-election of President Donald Trump poses to freedom in so many countries of their heritage.
As part of the launch, they released a joint statement, video, and print ad to highlight President Trump’s ongoing threats to NATO and former Vice President Joe Biden’s commitment to the military alliance as a bulwark for the people of Central and Eastern Europe against Russian Authoritarianism and Aggression. The campaign targets the ethnic and social media of Americans whose families are from Central and Eastern Europe.
“The leaders of the ethnic community and former diplomats who are gathering today know Central and Eastern Europe. You know America. And they know Vladimir Putin, ”said General Clark. “So I warn them to warn voters, especially in battlefield countries, that Donald Trump, by threatening NATO, is dangerous for their families’ home countries and for our country. Vice President Joe Biden, on the other hand, is a long-time advocate of NATO and democracy in Europe and around the world. ”
He added: “Freedom in countries from the Baltic to the Black Sea, from larger states like Ukraine and Poland to smaller states like Estonia and Montenegro, is on the 2020 ballot. In the weeks ahead, we’ll all be doing the Alert in every battlefield state with direct voter contact – phone calls, social media, and the rest. The stakes are too high to do less. ”
“As a Ukrainian American, I know how important NATO is not only for peace in Europe, but also to give countries outside NATO the confidence and courage to face the dangers of Russian aggression. Ukraine knows this well. The Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea serves as a warning for all of Europe and Ukraine is now serving as a bulwark of Europe and a front line against further Russian aggression waging a hot war on the eastern border, ”said Ulana Mazurkevich, a Ukrainian-American community leader in Pennsylvania .
“After the Trump presidency, which has weakened alliance, renewed American leadership is essential. Vice President Biden’s unwavering and long-standing support for NATO will restore the strength of the alliance necessary for American and European security, ”she added.
At a virtual press conference on October 12, Mr. Brzezinski and Ms. Mazurkevich, and General Clark and Peter S. Ujvagi, a former Ohio State representative and Hungarian-American community leader, described President Trump’s efforts to withdraw from NATO and the long-term Effects for millions of Central and Eastern European families.
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The signatories of the joint declaration included activists from the Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian and Ukrainian communities. Among the ambassadors who signed the declaration was Steven Pifer, a former US ambassador to Ukraine. The signatories also included activists from the Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian and Ukrainian communities.
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