KIEV, December 2. /TASS/. Ukraine’s parliament (the Verkhovna Rada) on Tuesday approved President Petro Poroshenko’s nominee, Pavlo Klimkin, as Foreign Minister.
As many as 351 lawmakers voted in favour of his candidacy, when 226 votes were needed to pass this decision.
“He is the right man at the right place,” Poroshenko told the lawmakers. “I am satisfied with his work and people have no claims to him, either.”
Pavlo Klimkin was born in 1967 in the city of Kursk, central European Russia. In 1991, he graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology majoring in physics and applied mathematics. He has been employed with Ukraine’s foreign ministry since 1993. In 2008, he was appointed director of the European Union department and deputy foreign minister in 2010, in which capacity he was Ukraine’s chief negotiator in association agreement talks with the European Union. In 2012, Klimkin was appointed Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany. He was appointed Ukraine’s Foreign Minister on June 19, 2014.