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    Introduction byFrederick Kempe, President and CEO,Atlantic Council
    Remarks byUkrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk
    Moderator: Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council
    Transcript byFederal News Service,Washington, D.C.

    FREDERICK KEMPE:  Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.  I’m Fred Kempe, president and CEO of the Atlantic Council.  And we welcome you to this very important event, I would say, historic visit with – and meeting with Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The prime minister is coming to us directly from the White House and President Obama.  Welcome to the Atlantic Council, Mr. Prime Minister, and thank you for including us in your extraordinarily busy and important itinerary.

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