3 May 2018 12:34

Ukrainian reps at CIS institutions still working as usual, awaiting Foreign Ministry's decision to recall them

MINSK. May 3 (Interfax) - Employees of Ukraine's permanent mission to coordination institutions of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are continuing their routine work for now, the mission's first secretary Vadim Tkachuk told Interfax.

"We are working as usual for now. We are awaiting relevant decisions. At the moment we cannot say anything else other than what the president [Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko] said yesterday," Tkachuk said.

The procedure of recalling the mission's employees is quite simple, he said.

"The Foreign Ministry makes a decision, then issues an internal directive, and the staff leave. It is just like a routine rotation," he said.

At the same time, Tkachuk said that Ukraine's main representatives filling up quota posts had been recalled back in 2014.

"Now these representatives can be referred to as mission employees. Nevertheless, let's wait for the Foreign Ministry's decision," he said.

It was reported Poroshenko said on Wednesday that Kyiv would terminate its participation in CIS coordination institutions, adding that he had asked the Foreign Ministry to draw up a proposal to recall Ukraine's representatives from these institutions.