Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Address: 01018, Kyiv, Mykhailivska sqr., 1
Tel.: (+38 044) 238 17 47
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
In 1993 Klimkin started his career at the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, where he held a variety of positions. Early on he served as an attaché and second secretary in the department of military control and disarmament, also working in the departments involved with German diplomacy, nuclear and energy security, and economics. By 1997 he worked directly for the future Vice Prime Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, who would later appoint Klimkin as his deputy minister.
Klimkin was appointed Minister-Counselor of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United Kingdomin 2004, a position he held until 2008. In March 2008 he was named the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's director for their European Union department.
On 21 April 2010 he became Deputy Foreign Minister in the First Azarov Government of Ukraine. As deputy Klimkin played a central role in negotiating the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement, particularly in its early stages in 2012.
He served as both Deputy Foreign Minister and Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry until 22 June 2012, when he was appointed Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany.
In June 2014, Klimkin's candidacy for the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine was proposed by Petro Poroshenko, the recently appointed Ukrainian President.
After the historic Act of Ukraine's independence on August 24, 1991 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs faced entirely new tasks related to the recognition of Ukraine by the international community, the establishment of diplomatic relations, creation of an effective network of its own diplomatic and consular missions, establishment of full bilateral relations with foreign countries, acquiring membership in the leading international organizations.
During the first years of independence, Ukraine was recognized by more than 170 foreign countries. Almost all of them established diplomatic relations and develop bilateral cooperation .
On July 2, 1993 the Verhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Basic directions of foreign policy of Ukraine.
According to Article 106 of the Constitution of Ukraine, the President of Ukraine is in charge of the foreign policy of the State. He represents the country in international relations, conducts negotiations and concludes international treaties of Ukraine. He makes decisions on recognition of foreign states, appoints and dismisses heads of diplomatic missions of Ukraine to foreign states and international organizations, accepts credentials of diplomatic representatives of foreign states.
Ukraine has developed an effective network of its diplomatic and consular missions abroad.
Nowadays Ukraine is a member of more than 90 international organizations. In 2000-2001, Ukraine was among the non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Since Ukraine’s independence its representatives have repeatedly been elected chairmen and heads of many influential international structures, especially the United Nations bodies. As an exceptional example, one should remember that it is the representative of Ukraine Hennadiy Udovenko who was elected President of the 52nd session of the UN General Assembly.