Contents tagged with Klimkin

  • Zelensky replaces Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

    President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky signed two decrees, one dismissing Viktor Muzhenko from the post of Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the second appointing Ruslan Khomchak to the post, as reported by the president’s press service.

    “Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky appointed Lieutenant-General Ruslan Khomchak as Chief of the General Staff - Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” according to the statement.

    Victor Muzhenko assumed the post of …

  • Media: U.S. State Department to appoint a charge d'affaires instead of ambassador to Ukraine

    The U.S. Department of State considers appointing a chargé d'affaires instead of ambassador in Ukraine, reports ZN.ua with reference to its own diplomatic sources.

    According to the publication, the most likely appointment to this position is William Taylor, who served as an ambassador in Kyiv in 2006-2009.

    “The Department of State made a proposal, which is still being considered by the executive vice president of the United States Institute for Peace,” the publication writes.

    “Shortly, a …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin submits resignation to Zelensky

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin announced that we would submit his resignation and intends to become a deputy of the Ukrainian Parliament (the Verkhovna Rada).

    "As promised, I have submitted a resignation. On Monday, the day of the inauguration, I will send it to the Verkhovna Rada and the new President of Ukraine," said Klimkin in a video message posted on Facebook.

    Klimkin also said that he is ready to help the new government in the areas of "common principles and vision."

    He also …

  • Zelensky's administration reports imminent resignations of Ukraine’s Foreign and Defense Ministers

    Speaking on the air of NEWSONE, representative of President-elect Vladimir Zelensky, Dmitry Razumkov, said that he would not exclude the high likelihood that Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin and Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak will resign.

    He said he was 99% convinced that after Zelensky officially assumes power the ministers will have to leave.

    Razumkov also said that Zelensky’s team will insist on the resignation of the current Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Ukraine will withdraw from Minsk agreements if the Council of Europe lifts Russian sanctions

    Ukraine is willing to desist from implementing the Minsk Agreements if several European states agree to loosen sanctions against the Russian Federation in the Council of Europe, stated Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

    “A lot of people asked me yesterday how the Council of Europe will (move forward on the issue of sanctions against the Russian Federation). I told them honestly that if they choose to follow several other countries, I’ll go out and say …

  • In the event of a victory Poroshenko will only keep 2 of his current ministers

    The current president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that he does not intend to dismiss Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak or Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the conclusion of the presidential election.  

    “I am not planning to have either the Minister of Defense or the Minister of Foreign Affairs resign,” said Poroshenko who had come to face off in a debate against Zelensky at Olympiyskiy stadium.

    He emphasized that the country has a parliamentary-presidential form of government in which …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Russia will try to start a new 'gas war'

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin expressed confidence that Russia will try to start a new "gas war" after the expiration of the current agreements on gas transit through the territory of Ukraine.

     “I am sure that Russia will try to organize a new “gas war”. The chances are very high. Our partners understand this opportunity and state that we need to prepare for this by increasing the gas reserves in our gas storage facilities. Now both we and Europe are well aware of the likelihood of …

  • Klimkin wants to issue Ukrainian passports to Ukrainians living abroad

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin supports the provision of dual citizenship to Ukrainian living abroad.

    “Ukrainians are forced to leave Ukraine and work abroad. This is not a disaster, but it is a great challenge for Ukraine. These people are also part of Ukraine,” the foreign minister said in an interview with the Kultura Radio Channel.

    “I generally support dual citizenship for these Ukrainians and I consistently speak for it. I believe that we should just establish the criteria [ …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Number of Russian military in Crimea nears 50 thousand

    The Ukrainian Minister of Foreign, Affairs Pavlo Klimkin stated that the militarization of the Donbas territories which are not under Ukraine’s control, continues and in the next few years the number of Russian military personnel may reach 50 thousand people, reports Ukrinform.

    “The militarization of the Crimea has reached a certain limit, but it will continue. We know that in the following years there will be almost 50 thousand Russian personnel [ in the Crimea],” said Klimkin.

    The Foreign …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Constitutional Court ruling could lead to 'crisis of trust' with EU

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin believes that the EU will not revoke its visa-free regime with Ukraine in light of the Constitutional Court’s recent controversial decision to declare the “illegal enrichment” article of the Criminal Code unconstitutional.

    “The telephone is ringing non-stop with phone calls asking: ‘What’s going to happen to the visa-free scheme in light of the Constitutional Court’s high profile decision?’ Let’s try to calm down. I am confident that the EU will not …