Ukraine’s FM Klimkin: We actually have no diplomatic ties with Russia


In fact, Ukraine has no diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation. Kyiv diplomats communicate with Moscow only on the release of political prisoners and during meetings in the Normandy format.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Radio Svoboda, this was said by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin during his working visit to Ivano-Frankivsk.

"We plan to introduce visa requirements. But I always believed that casual visas, I mean the stamps in passports, would not allow them to kick us out from Russia. Firstly, we need biometric border control system, and secondly, we need the system screening everyone coming from Russia similar to those the other countries such as Israel have. Furthermore, if these measures are insufficient, we must introduce not just visa requirements, but biometric visas. Then it will be clear who [has crossed the border], where, and when. Only after that we will control all those entering the country," Klimkin said.

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The minister also commented on the possibility of severing diplomatic ties with Russia. He believes that such a step will harm Ukrainians who now live and work in Russia.

"In fact, we no longer have diplomatic relations with Russia," he said and explained that Ukrainian diplomats communicate with Russia only on the release of political prisoners and during meetings in the Normandy format.

"We actually have no more topics of mutual concern even at the international venues. What can we discuss with the aggressor state after all? We have got no ambassadors. What diplomatic relations are we talking about? It's just some kind of framework for taking care of our citizens," Klimkin said.

As reported, the decree of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko introducing biometric border control system for foreigners, including Russian citizens, entering the country starting from 2018 was published in Uriadovyi Kurier government newspaper and came into force on Sept. 2, 2017.
Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n464710