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Minister of Foreign Affairs (Ukraine)

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Ukrainian: Міністр закордонних справ) is Ukraine's head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is in charge of a diplomatic corps and realization of the state foreign policy. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is appointed by the President.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Міністр закордонних справ України
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Vadym Prystaiko.jpg
Incumbent
Vadym Prystaiko

since 29 August 2019
AppointerPresident of Ukraine
Term lengthDuration of the presidential term (five years) or less due to earlier resignation or dismissal by the President
Inaugural holderAnatoliy Zlenko
FormationAugust 24, 1991
SuccessionFirst deputy minister

Since Ukrainian independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, there have been 13 Ministers. Leonid Kozhara, under President Yanukovich, has been heading the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2013.

The current foreign minister is Vadym Prystaiko (since 29 August 2019).

List of Ministers of Foreign AffairsEdit

Soviet UkraineEdit

No. Portrait Name Took Office Left Office First Secretary
-   unknown June 17, 1953 May 11, 1954 Alexei Kirichenko
1   Luka Palamarchuk May 11, 1954 August 13, 1965 Alexei Kirichenko
Nikolai Podgorny
Petro Shelest
-   Anatoliy Kysil August 13, 1965 March 16, 1966 Petro Shelest
2   Dmytro Bilokolos March 16, 1966 June 11, 1970 Petro Shelest
-   unknown June 11, 1970 August 5, 1970
3   Georgiy Shevel August 5, 1970 November 18, 1980 Petro Shelest
Volodymyr Shcherbytsky
4   Volodymyr Martynenko November 18, 1980 December 28, 1984 Volodymyr Shcherbytsky
5   Volodymyr Kravets December 29, 1984 July 27, 1990 Volodymyr Shcherbytsky
Volodymyr Ivashko
Stanislav Hurenko
6   Anatoliy Zlenko July 27, 1990 August 24, 1991 Stanislav Hurenko

Ministers after IndependenceEdit

No. Portrait Name Took Office Left Office President(s)
1   Anatoliy Zlenko August 24, 1991 August 25, 1994 Leonid Kravchuk
-   Hennadiy Udovenko August 25, 1994 September 16, 1994 Leonid Kuchma
2 September 16, 1994 April 17, 1998
3   Borys Tarasiuk April 17, 1998 September 29, 2000
- Oleksandr Chalyi September 29, 2000 October 2, 2000
4   Anatoliy Zlenko October 2, 2000 September 2, 2003
5   Kostyantyn Gryshchenko September 2, 2003 February 3, 2005
6   Borys Tarasiuk February 4, 2005 December 1, 2006 Viktor Yushchenko
- Anton Buteyko December 1, 2006 December 5, 2006
-   Borys Tarasiuk December 5, 2006 January 30, 2007
-   Volodymyr Ohryzko January 31, 2007 March 21, 2007
7   Arseniy Yatseniuk March 21, 2007 December 18, 2007
8   Volodymyr Ohryzko December 18, 2007 March 3, 2009
-   Volodymyr Khandohiy March 3, 2009 October 9, 2009
9   Petro Poroshenko October 9, 2009 March 11, 2010
10   Kostyantyn Gryshchenko March 11, 2010 December 24, 2012 Viktor Yanukovych
11   Leonid Kozhara December 24, 2012 February 23, 2014
-   Andrii Deshchytsia February 27, 2014 June 19, 2014 Oleksandr Turchynov
12   Pavlo Klimkin June 19, 2014 August 29, 2019 Petro Poroshenko
13

 

Vadym Prystaiko August 29, 2019 Volodymyr Zelensky

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