Klimkin: Ukraine does not need Russian Ambassador

Pavlo Klimkin is sure that there is no need for this position inasmuch as Ukraine and Russia have no diplomatic relations.

18 August 2016 11:22

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Ukraine-Russia relations have been brought to naught and therefore there is no longer a need to appoint the Russian Ambassador, Minister told on air of the 5 TV Channel.

The Head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry believes Ukraine should not hurry up introducing a visa regime with Russia since it is important to estimate all the possible consequences of this step.

We allowed Russian citizens to enter only if having foreign passports and only at international and interstate checkpoints. MFA is not against the introduction of visas, in principle, we have estimated what we need in order to do this. However, this step should not be caused by symbolic measures, but by a clear understanding of what it will bring us, said Klimkin.

July, 28 Mikhail Zurabov was relieved of his duties as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia to Ukraine at the order of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Later, the Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation supported Mikhail Babich as a candidate for this position.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that the appointment of a new Ambassador isn’t discussed due to the ongoing Russia’s aggression.