The BBCU held a joint meeting with the British Ukrainian Society (BUS) yesterday in Kyiv.
This was our first meeting at the newly opened Belgravia Business Club http://www.belgravia-club.com
The theme of the meeting was 'The world today seen from London and Kyiv' and our guest speakers were John Whittingdale MP - Chairman of the British-Ukraine All Party Parliamentary Group http://www.johnwhittingdale.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=3 and Richard Spring - Chairman of the British Ukrainian Society. http://www.britishukrainiansociety.org/en/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=62&Itemid=67
The meeting provided a good opportunity for members of both organisations to meet and put questions to our two guest speakers on various current topics relating to the relationship between our two countries. Comments/questions from the audience included 'Civic Society in Ukraine', 'British influence in the role of diplomacy', 'What can the United Kingdom do to help Ukraine'.
Plus an interesting question concerning 'Why do the media in London always paint a black picture of Ukraine?"
Many thanks to John and Richard for providing another excellent example of how things are conducted in the UK. Thanks also to Sergei Tsivkach from the Belgravia Business Club.
It was also good to meet Olexandr Savchenko who is also the Chairman of the International Institute of Business in Ukraine. http://www.iib.com.ua
BBCU members are already looking forward to our next meeting.