Title: Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ukraine (JCU) - July 22, 2012 11:52 PM (GMT)
Welcome to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kiev, Ukraine. Please route any requests to meet with members of the Ukrainian government, as well as any other official communications, through this office.
Head of State: President Viktor Yanukovych
Head of Government: Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
Foreign Minister: Petro Poroshenko
First Deputy Minister: Ruslan Demchenko
Deputy Minister: Andrii Olefirov
Deputy Minister: Victor Mayko
Ukraine, perhaps more than any other former Soviet Republic, bridges the political divide between East and West. Since achieving independence from the USSR in 1991, Ukraine has largely succeeded in maintaining strong relations with Russia, Western Europe, and the United States.
“Euro-Atlantic integration” is nominally the primary objective of Ukrainian foreign policy, and great strides have been made to that end in the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with the European Union and Partnership for Peace with NATO. Ukraine was widely thought to be on track for permanent membership in both organizations until the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych, who has stated that current cooperation with NATO is at “sufficient levels.” While national leaders across the political spectrum continue to support further European integration, including an already-negotiated free trade agreement, talks have been stalled over the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on allegedly political grounds. It is uncertain when if ever negotiations will resume.
Ukraine is also an active member of the Commonwealth of Independent States and shares close relations with Russia. Those relations have been strained at times by the refusal of Ukraine to join the Russian-dominated CSTO, disputes over the delivery of natural gas (upon which Ukraine depends for the majority of its imports), and tensions over the Russian Black Sea Fleet at Sevastopol. These disagreements have for the most part been resolved under the Yanukovych presidency.
Ukraine is an active participant in international peacekeeping missions for peace and stability. Ukraine is also a member of the War on Terror, and sent forces to both Iraq and Afghanistan under NATO supervision. Current Ukrainian deployments include UNMIL, KFOR, MONUSCO, ISAF, and EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta.
Belarus – boundary delimitation treaty remains unratified due to unresolved financial claims, stalling demarcation and reducing border security.
Friendly: EU, CIS, USA
Australia Group, BSEC, CBSS (observer), CE, CEI, CICA (observer), CIS (participating member, has not signed the 1993 CIS charter although it participates in meetings), EAEC (observer), EAPC, EBRD, FAO, GCTU, GUAM, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICRM, IDA, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITU, ITUC, LAIA (observer), MIGA, MONUSCO, NAM (observer), NSG, OAS (observer), OIF (observer), OPCW, OSCE, PCA, PFP, SELEC (observer), UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNMIL, UNMISS, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC
Spain (MTTezla) - July 25, 2012 02:09 AM (GMT)
On behalf of the Spanish Government, I would like to formally invite you to the upcoming Greater European Prosperity Summit, to be held in Madrid. At this Summit, nations from both Europe and the international community will gather to explore expansionary solutions to the European sovereign debt crisis, and will seek to create a common stance to stabilize growth throughout the world. Europe is at the core of this crisis, but it will will take an international effort to stop this slowdown before the rest of the world is affected even more.
Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Luis de Guindos, Minister of Economy and Competitiveness
Cristobal Montoro, Minister of Finance and Public Administrations
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