Switzerland reopens its embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine


The Swiss Federal Council has announced that after two and a half months of temporary closure of its embassy in Ukraine, Switzerland has decided to reopen it.

In a statement issued on May 19, the Federal Council also indicated that five employees of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) would return to Kyiv in the coming days, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

Meanwhile, the decision is based on an analysis of the security situation in the Ukrainian capital.

“In the light of this analysis, the President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis, also head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), has decided to reopen the representation of Switzerland there”, he added. read the statement.

According to the Council, Ambassador Claude Wild will return in the first phase with a team of four transferable agents.

The Swiss Embassy will also continue to employ local Ukrainian staff.

“The physical presence of the Swiss Ambassador and his team will facilitate contact with the Ukrainian authorities, which is also important in view of the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2022) to be held in Lugano on 4 and July the 5th”, the statement also explains.

In the coming weeks, the Embassy team is expected to address key issues regarding reconstruction and development projects in the country, offering humanitarian assistance as well as assistance with media coverage of the situation in Ukraine.

An assessment mission conducted by the FDFA’s Crisis Management Center (KMZ) together with experts from the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) has shown that the situation in Kyiv is now sufficiently safe to allow the reopening of the embassy, ​​allowing FDFA personnel to be present in person without putting their life and well-being at risk.

In addition, in recent weeks, many representatives of other countries have begun to open their embassies. Embassies and consulates of more than 40 countries are once again physically present in Kyiv.

For example, Denmark was the first Nordic country to open its embassy in Ukraine. According to the Danish Foreign Ministry, the embassy staff will take care of political tasks related to the close relations between Denmark and Ukraine from staff in Kyiv, including money and help that the Danish government is ready to give to the Ukrainians.

Previously, Italy also decided to move its embassy to Kyiv.

Like Italy and Denmark, seeing the improvement of the security situation in kyiv, Hungary and Spain, like other countries of the European Union, have decided to relocate their embassies to the capital. Ukrainian from Lviv.

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