National Press Club

CANCELED: Ukrainian prime minister to speak at National Press Club tonight

March 12, 2014 | By Jerry Zremski |


Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will speak and take questions about the situation in his home country at the National Press Club at 8 p.m. today, after his meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Yatsenyuk became prime minister last month after the Ukrainian Parliament removed President Vicktor Yanukovych from power after a peoples’ revolt.

Yatsenyuk’s first weeks in power have been dominated by Russian military moves in Crimea. Yatsenyuk – who has vowed not to give up “a single centimeter of Ukrainian land” in its conflict with Russia -- will meet with Obama Wednesday afternoon in hopes that the meeting will spark a resolution to the conflict.

The event, in the Holeman Lounge, is open only to credentialed media with ID. Space is limited. To register, please send an email to Melinda Cooke of the Press Club staff at, and be sure to include your full name, title and employer. Your reservation will be confirmed and you will receive a ticket to cover this event. Cameras must be pre-set by 7:30 p.m.

The prime minister’s appearance will follow the traditional NPC Speakers format, with a speech followed by a question-and-answer session in which Club President Myron Belkind will ask questions handed up from the audience. To submit a question in advance of the speech, please email your question to NPC Speakers Committee Chairman Jerry Zremski at, with the word “UKRAINE” in the subject line.

The event is sponsored by the NPC Speakers Committee and its Newsmakers Committee.

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