30 January at 7pm
Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, Westminster SW1A 2LW
Anyone who would like to attend should please RSVP tosecretariat@britishukrainianso
Due to tight security and the potential for queues, we would advise you to allow at least 30 minutes to enter Portcullis House. A map and further instructions will be sent in due course to those who RSVP.
The British Ukrainian Society and the Embassy of Ukraine to the UK would like to invite you to a discussion about why Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity are crucial for the whole of Europe, and the wider international community, in the face of Russian aggression and how to counteract this threat to international security.
The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC
In 1979, when the Conservatives were returned to power under Margaret Thatcher, he was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, at first in the Scottish Office and then, at the time of the Falklands War, he was transferred to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, being promoted to Minister of State in 1983. He became a member of the Cabinet in 1986 as Secretary of State for Scotland. In 1990 he became Secretary of State for Transport and in 1992 Secretary of State for Defence. From 1995-97 he was Foreign Secretary. In 1997 he was knighted in recognition of his public service.
Sir Malcolm was re-elected as a Member of Parliament in May 2005 for Kensington and Chelsea. He was elected as Member of Parliament for Kensington in May 2010 and remained in Parliament until 2015.
He served as UK representative on the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group 2010-2011 and as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, which provides oversight of the UK’s intelligence agencies, MI6, MI5 and GCHQ, from 2010 until 2015. He was a member of the OSCE’s Eminent Persons Group, which reported on relations between Russia and the West. He also serves on the Board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington DC. He has been appointed a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London and is a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). In 2017 he was invited by the British Government to become Co-Chairman of the Polish-British Belvedere Forum.
From February 2005 to December 2007 he was First Deputy Minister, Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Ambassador Ogryzko served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs between 2007 and 2009. He then became the First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine from 2009 – 2010.
Since 2014 Dr Ogryzko has been the CEO of the Centre for Russian Studies. In 2016 he joined The Independent Defence Anti-Corruption Committee (NAKO). NAKO is a joint initiative of the UK-based Transparency International Defence & Security Programme, and Transparency International Ukraine.