Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, stated that he did not fully support the idea of the Infrastructure Ministry on termination of passenger traffic with the Russian Federation. He told that to the journalists on Wednesday, August 22, as Ukrainian News report.
“Certainly, we have to consider the limitation of any aggressor’s influence. But I want us to be consistent. If we say that such connection shouldn’t exist, how do we treat those hundreds of thousands and millions of Ukrainians, who go to Russia, do we have to declare them betrayers? We have to realize the reality. Yes, we are at war with Russia but even during war millions of Ukrainians are on the territory of Russia, and not all of them stay there because they like it, but on personal grounds – relatives, earnings. We have to observe this issue as a whole, but not through the political slogans,” he said.
Answering the question whether it means that he opposes such initiative, the Foreign Minister said:
‘I am ready to discuss this problem, but it must be solved in terms of a fight with Russia as an aggressor state and people should not suffer from that. We have to understand how to control those who travel and what way, but is we ban to visit relatives, it is a matter of humanity. And I treat it rather with restraint”.
Earlier, Volodymyr Omelyan stated that Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry intended to terminate passenger railway traffic to and from Russia. Cargo transportation termination is not considered yet.