28 October 2016

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Ukraine MFA explains why diplomatic ties with Russia must be retained

Communication without intermediaries – this is the main reason why the Ukrainian diplomats do not break off relations with Russia, that's according to a Director-General for Policy and Communications at Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Oleksii Makeiev, Ukrainian TV Channel 5 reported.

Photo from UNIAN
Photo from UNIAN

As an example, the official recalled that Georgia and the Russian Federation communicate only via Switzerland. If Kyiv breaks off diplomatic relations, it may lose the ability to protect and release its citizens from captivity.

Makeiev has stressed that there are virtually no contacts with the aggressor state at the other levels. The exception is the communication in the Normandy format, aimed at the Donbas conflict settlement.

Ukraine border guards say no technical difficulties to ensue if visa regime with Russia introducedEarlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin suggested that Ukraine would have to introduce more stringent measures against Russia than the visa regime.

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