Foreign Minister Klimkin on air at 112 Ukraine TV channel

Source : 112 Ukraine

The leader of Ukrainian diplomacy commented on many issues of domestic and foreign policy
07:45, 9 June 2017

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry

Implementation of NATO standards

We‘re heading towards membership in the NATO, since the Alliance is the only security system, based not only on interests, but also on values. I’m sure we begin to operate as part of NATO's eastern flank. This is clearly obvious, in terms of our joint drills that we participate in along with our allies; that is how we’re going to reach NATO standards.  All allies understand Ukraine is able to make a huge contribution to security; everyone realizes what we’ve done over the last three years, and what kind of army and security sector we managed to develop. We proved we’re able to stand for ourselves, for our freedom and values. I’m sure we’ll walk this way right till the end, and so will the NATO.

Arming OSCE police mission in Donbas

Of course, we should give them weapons. The only question is whether OSCE SMM would be able to get these; they will need their mandate changed. I think we’re going to need an armed police mission. Yesterday, me and Mr.Kurz (Sebastian Kurz, the Acting head of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, - 112 International) discussed that. Russia has been blocking the decision.  

Prospects of Ukraine-Russia visa regime

I reckon the implementation of visa regime and border crossing control for those coming from Russia is not enough. We should introduce biometric passports for that; the control of border crossing procedure should follow. Currently, there are almost 3 million Ukrainians in Russia; and we’ve got to understand what is going to happen to our citizens in the temporarily occupied Crimea, and what Russia can do to limit these contacts. So, this matter would take a lot of time to solve. Besides, we need to understand what kind of actions Russia would take – like making it obligatory for our citizens to obtain the Russian citizenship. That must be prevented.

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