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Embassy diplomats to represent Ukraine at CIS council meeting

April 02, 2014, 13:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Earlier, Ukraine decided to cut short its presidency in the CIS

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin

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MOSCOW, April 02. /ITAR-TASS/. Diplomats from Ukraine's embassy in Moscow will represent their country at a Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Moscow on April 4 following Ukraine's decision to leave the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vassily Nebenzya told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday that “At the present moment, the secretariat of the Commonwealth of Independent States reports that nobody will arrive from Kiev. Ukraine will be represented at the [foreign ministers] council meeting by embassy staffers.”

Asked about forthcoming consultations with Ukraine, Nebenzya said Moscow had proposed such contacts. “Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin has invited Ukraine’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Natalya Galibarenko to meet in Minsk on April 2,” he said.

“Parliament-appointed acting Foreign Minister of Ukraine Andrii Deshchytsia made a statement, in which he said that the arrangement was for April 4, in Minsk. This is not correct, all the more as a meeting in Minsk on April 4 is impossible since Moscow hosts a meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers,” Nebenzya added.

He said Karasin had invited Ukraine’s first deputy foreign minister to meet in Moscow at the council gathering. “However, as far as I understand, she will not arrive, which means that there will be no meeting on April 4,” Nebenzya said.

On March 19, Ukraine decided to cut short its presidency in the CIS. On March 20, CIS co-ordination institutions permanent representative Ivan Bunechko stepped down as chairman of the Council of CIS Permanent Representatives. Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada, the parliament, registered a bill on the country’s withdrawal from the CIS on March 24.

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