Respective Decree was signed by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko today, Dec. 9, Censor.NET reports citing the press office of the president.
Commenting on the diplomatic appointment, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin congratulated the new Representative: "I will be glad to see Volodymyr Yelchenko at the post of Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations. We will work together in the interests of Ukraine," the minister said.
"Efficient work in the UN Security Council is our new goal. In order to achieve it, we provide new dynamics for our mission in New York. It is great that Ukraine has a bunch of professionals who understand the UN well and know how to direct its work in the interests of our state," Pavlo Klimkin noted.
According to the minister, one of such professionals is Volodymyr Yelchenko. "It is a man who knows the UN really well. He enjoys high reputation there and has a unique expertise in representing Ukraine in the UN Security Council in the course of our membership in 2000-2001," he added.
According to Pavlo Klimkin, Yelchenko's experience at the post of Ambassador to Russia will also be useful. "He is aware of peculiarities of the Russian diplomacy. I am sure his experience will be priceless in the UN, where he will have to defend Ukrainian interests sitting at the negotiations table together with a representative of the state-aggressor," the Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasized.
Volodymyr Yelchenko replaced Yurii Serhieiev, who has served at this post since 2007.
Pavlo Klimkin noted effective work of Yurii Serhieiev at the post of Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations. He stressed that professional experience of such a high-level expert is needed at home.
"After eight years of continuous activity of Yuriy Serhieiev in New York, I will be happy to welcome him in Kyiv, where he will have a lot of work as part of our foreign policy team," the minister said.