Pavlo Klimkin

Pavlo Klimkin is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine since June 2014. Ambassador Klimkin has served in the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry for over 20 years. From 2012 to 2014, he served as the Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany; from 2010 to 2012, as Deputy Foreign Minister and Chief of Staff; from 2008 to 2010 as Director of the EU Department and from 2004 to 2008 – as Minister-Counselor of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United Kingdom. Earlier in his career, Ambassador Klimkin worked at the Department for Economic Cooperation as a First Secretary and Counselor (2000-2002) and at the Department for European Integration as Head of Division for Economic and Sectoral Cooperation with the EU (2002-2004). In 1997-2000, he addressed political, scientific and technical issues as a third and second secretary at the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany. He also served as an attaché, third and second secretary at the Directorate-General for Arms Control and Disarmament prior to 1997. After completing a Master’s in Physics and Mathematics at the Department of Aerophysics and Space Research of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (1991), Ambassador Klimkin was a research officer at the Paton Welding Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is fluent in English and German and has basic knowledge of French and Spanish.

Stephen Sackur
Stephen Sackur
Presenter, HARDtalk, BBC World New, 14th YES Annual Meeting, 2017
«Russians are going to be fighting with long-term economic misery. And they will have to decide whether they are prepared to put up with it for the nationalist enterprise of staying in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.»