Remarks by CDA Kristina Kvien at the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Controls Dialogue

February 4, 2020

Thank you very much and good morning.

I’m going to follow the lead of Deputy Prime Minister Kuleba and stay seated.

Thank you for inviting me here today. You know my history and my career has been a lot of work on science and technology issues, so these matters I know are important. And I’m very happy to be able to join you today to hear about this important issue.

It’s my pleasure to open this high-level dialogue, which is important to the national security of both of our countries – effective control on international trade and sensitive technologies and commodities.

As with many complex subjects, it’s easy to get lost in technical details and lose sight of the bigger picture. But there are clear reasons why we work so hard to control these technologies.

Strategic trade controls have two purposes: to protect national security and to promote legitimate trade.

We see the security implications of export controls all around us:

In the continued attempts by certain states to gain advanced missile, nuclear, military and other technologies.

In the onward proliferation of missile technologies to non-state actors ready to put them to use in Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere in the world.

And in Russia’s ongoing efforts to evade sanctions and acquire Ukrainian military hardware.

But we also can’t forget the economic role of strategic controls.

Both of our countries have brilliant scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who are developing new technologies and new ideas every day.

Trade controls help make sure that these technologies are traded safely. But they also help ensure that Ukraine profits from Ukrainian technologies and Ukrainian know-how.

The establishment of an investment review process, based on national security, will also protect your intellectual property. It will generate investment, as investors gain confidence in Ukraine’s ability to manage sensitive technology.

The Ukrainian government is seeking to expand the global role of Ukraine’s defense and aerospace industries, which is good for economic growth and development.

And Ukraine is undertaking an impressive array of reforms to strengthen its economy and democracy. But it’s critical to ensure that trade and technology controls are expanding as well. State-owned and private enterprises must be ready and able to do their part within Ukraine’s strategic trade controls system, and agencies implementing key support functions, such as trade controls, need proper authorities and resources.

We look forward to discussing further with you over the next two days how strategic trade controls work in the American and Ukrainian contexts and how our countries can further build our strategic partnership in this area.

Thank you for your time and attention, and I hope the dialogue goes well, and I look forward to hearing more from you all.

Thank you, дякую.