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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kiev Names Minister




KIEV -- President Leonid Kuchma on Friday named career diplomat Borys Tarasyuk as Ukraine's new foreign minister, replacing Hennady Udovenko, who quit earlier this month to take up a seat in parliament.


"Mr. Udovenko cannot be both a minister and a deputy," Kuchma said at a Foreign Ministry meeting, appearing in public with Tarasyuk for the first time since he was appointed to the post. "But the departure of Mr. Udovenko does not mean there is a change in the course of Ukraine's foreign policy."


Tarasyuk, 49, had been ambassador to the Benelux countries until being given the new job. He will continue to serve in his new post as Ukraine's representative at NATO.