Contents tagged with Klimkin

  • 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 …

  • Klimkin: Ukraine is ready to terminate the Sea of Azov agreement with Russia

    Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, announced that in the foreseeable future, Ukraine is preparing to terminate the agreement with Russia on the Sea of Azov. 

    "In the foreseeable future, we will do it. After the hearings, our legal position will be determined, and the international arbitration issues will be resolved," he said. At the same time, he added that if Kyiv had terminated the agreement earlier, “Russia would have used it to weaken the legal position” of the Ukrainian side. 

    The …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister calls on Europeans to step up the fight against Russian propaganda

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius stated in an interview with the newspaper Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that EU countries should make greater efforts to fight against “Russian propaganda” and prepare for an information war with Russia. 

    The Minister asserted that the West “still underestimates Russia’s informational influence” while Eastern European countries are not the only ones under “Moscow’s attack.” Linkevičius called for the continuation of a strict sanctions policy against …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine insists on a permanent international mission in the Kerch Strait

    Ukraine insists on a permanent observation mission in the Kerch Strait, and Russia does not agree with this, Interfax Ukraine quoted Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin as saying. 

    “We are now talking about making this mission permanent and observing both from space and from water in order to know exactly what Russia is doing and not doing there... We need to get a permanent mission. Russia refuses it,” the minister told reporters in Munich. 

    The Ukrainian Foreign Minister noted that he …

  • Kyiv: absolutely no possibility that Russian observers can be allowed to monitor Ukrainian presidential elections

    Martians have more chances to be present at the presidential elections in Ukraine than Russian observers do, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin wrote on his Twitter page.

    “Martians have more chances to observe the elections. Of course, if they manage to go through all the procedures and join the OSCE. But they will definitely better adhere to the fundamental principles of the OSCE,” the minister said.

    Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow would offer the OSCE Office for …

  • OSCE advises Ukraine to reconsider its position regarding Russian election observers

    OSCE Chairman and Slovak Foreign Minister, Miroslav Laichak, suggested that the Ukrainian side reconsider the decision to refuse Russian observers to work in the presidential elections in Ukraine on March 31, reports Radio Liberty.

    During a telephone conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, Laichak "expressed regret" that the Ukrainian parliament on February 7 adopted a law that prohibits issuing accreditation to Russian citizens as observers from the OSCE Office for …

  • Ukrainian Parliament prohibits Russian observers from monitoring Ukrainian Presidential elections

    On Thursday, February 7, the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada adopted Bill Number 9524 prohibiting Russian citizens from participating as observers in the elections. The bill was supported by 232 People's Deputies. 

    "The representatives of the occupying country that has waged war against Ukraine for five years have no legal or moral rights to come to us. We cannot even imagine who these observers could be. They could be saboteurs, provocateurs,” said Anna Hopko, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament, and …