37 diplomatic missions have resumed work in Kyiv, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said. In February, a number of countries moved their diplomatic missions to the west of Ukraine, many did this after the start of the Russian military operation
The embassies of 37 countries have resumed work in Kyiv, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in his address on the Telegram channel.< /p>
“And I'm grateful to all of them because it— 37 proofs that Ukraine stands strong and has prospects, unlike the Russian Federation. I am sure that soon other foreign missions will return to the capital, — he said.
Zelensky also felt that it is worth returning to work and Ukrainian business, which has not yet resumed activities, although it can do so in safe territory. According to the Ukrainian president, providing jobs and adjusting economic activity to the existing conditions— it is also a great job for the defense and the future of the country.
A number of states moved their embassies from Kyiv to western Ukraine even before the start of the Russian military operation in the country on February 24. The United States and Australia, after Russia recognized the independence of the Donbass republics, on February 21 transported employees of their embassies from Lviv to Poland. Turkey moved the embassy to the west of Ukraine after the outbreak of hostilities, but on April 6 returned the diplomats to the Ukrainian capital. Russia began evacuating employees of the embassy and consulates general in Kyiv on February 23.
On March 7, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkevics, announced that the Latvian embassy was resuming work in Kyiv. “Latvian diplomats resumed their work at the embassy in Kyiv this evening, the ambassador will join them after consultations in Riga,” he wrote on Twitter.
On March 21, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa said that part of the diplomatic mission that left Ukraine after the start of the special operation would voluntarily return to Kyiv. This decision was made due to the fact that Kyiv needs “direct diplomatic support in order to put an end to aggression and establish peace as soon as possible.” Jansa urged other EU countries to send their diplomats back to Ukraine as well.
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On April 8, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on foreign states to return their embassies to Kyiv. On April 18, Spain announced the imminent resumption of the work of the diplomatic mission in the Ukrainian capital.
On April 19, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced that the embassies of 16 states had returned to Kyiv. At the end of April, Great Britain joined them. On May 8, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires a.i. in Ukraine Christina Quinn, while in Lviv, said the embassy expects to reopen in Kyiv by the end of May, if circumstances permit. “We listen to the opinion of the security experts, and when they tell us that we can return, we will do it,” — she said.
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