21 May 2019 11:53

Klimkin advises Zelensky to first visit Brussels and Washington

KYIV. May 21 (Interfax) - Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has recommended that Volodymyr Zelensky should pay his first visits as president of Ukraine to Brussels and Washington.

"These steps ought to include visits to Brussels and Washington, where visions regarding changes in Ukraine should be outlined. For that end, it is possible to take advantage of the reform conference in Toronto, because there is an invitation from [Canadian Prime Minister] Justine Trudeau," Klimkin said in an interview with the Levy Bereg news website.

Zelensky could present a general vision for reforms during such visits, he said.

"But he is the recently elected president. That's why it's up to him to decide," Klimkin said.

When asked how Zelensky should pursue his communication with Russia, Klimkin said that "he understands that our international friends and partners are needed for this communication."

"He will certainly rely on them and will talk to Russia with their help. Beyond any doubt, I wholeheartedly support that. And it will be the Normandy format, or the U.S. or even parallel formats - there are numerous creative ideas, and it's possible to work on it," he said.