: 'Breaking diplomatic relations with Russia does not make sense' - Ukraine's Ambassador-at-Large

16:16 Apr. 8, 2016

'Breaking diplomatic relations with Russia does not make sense' - Ukraine's Ambassador-at-Large

Dmytro Kuleba (UNIAN Photo)

Kuleba says if relations were broken Ukrainian diplomats would be unable to visit Nadiya Savchenko

Ukrainian Ambassador-at-Large says breaking diplomatic relations with Russia does not make any sence at this moment.

Dmytro Kuleba made the statement to an online publication Focus.ua.

Kuleba claims Ukraine could easily have broken the relations with Russia during the annexation of Crimea, prior to the beginning of the conflict in Donbas, essentially when there were no Ukrainian poitical prisoners in Russia.

The Ambassador-at-Large added that current diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Russia have been brought to a naught. Kuleba says the two countries only work in the Normandy format and during the Minsk contact group, at the present moment there is no other cooperation.

Dmytro Kuleba reiterated that if the relations were to be completely severed, the Ukrainian diplomats would not be able to visit Nadiya Savchenko [Ukrainian pilot convicted to serve 22 years in Russian prison] or Mykola Karpyuk [currently on trial in Russia] in court.

Watch UT's previous interviews with Dmytro Kuleba: 

 'Conflict in the Donbas does not affect Ukraine's visa free bid'

'Hybrid warfare is like playing the piano - you have to push many buttons to produce results'

'The clock is ticking for Russia to implement the Minsk agreement': Special envoy

'Russia is pulling the world to the edge': Ukrainian Ambassador Kuleba on the east Ukraine conflict


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