Klimkin: Syrian Refugees Are Not Choosing Ukraine, but We Have to Be Prepared


September 7, 2015

Mikola Voskalo


Translated by Kristina Rus

Syrian refugees are not yet coming to Ukraine, but Kiev should be ready in the future in solidarity with the European countries to help refugees. 

This was stated by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin on air on channel 5.

“This is not an issue yet… At the present moment the Syrian refugees are not coming to Ukraine, they understand that we are fighting Russian aggression”, — said the Minister.

Meanwhile Klimkin did not rule out that this issue may arise for Ukraine in the future.

“As soon as we become a part of the EU — and I believe that, we will need to express this solidarity. I believe that our society will be ready for this in the future,” – he said.

The Minister stressed that he considers the problem of refugees from the Middle East is not only a European problem.

“Let us ask ourselves the question: why the flow of refugees is going to Europe, and not in the direction of the Arab countries where there is one language, one religion, one culture? Countries that invest crazy money in various projects, including – the organization of the World Cup — they must also demonstrate the ability to help with humanitarian assistance. It is not only a European problem, this is a problem for the whole world”, — said Klimkin.

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