President Petro Poroshenko gets three new allies


Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, received the support of Parliament yesterday for three changes to his government.

Pavlo Klimkin was confirmed as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Valeria Gontareva was named as the new Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine (Central Bank) and Viltaly Yarema as Prosecutor General.

Pavlo Klimkin (47) has a degree in Physics from the Faculty of Aerophysics and Space Research of the Moscow Physical-Technical Institute. He has served in Ukraine’s Foreign Service for the past twenty years, working in the United Kingdom as a minister-counsellor and was Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister from 2010 to 2011 until his appointment as Ambassador to Germany in 2012. He played a key role in the negotiations with the European Union (EU) on an Association Agreement which former President Viktor Yanukovych failed to sign, leading to the uprising last year. President Petro Poroshenko has indicated that he will sign the Association Agreement with the EU on 27th June.

Mrs. Gontareva has a Master of Science from Kiev Polytechnic Institute (1987) and a Master’s Degree in Economics from Kiev National Economic University (1997). Until her new appointment she headed up Investment Capital Ukraine, an investment fund and was previously First Deputy Chairman and Head of Financial Markets at JSB ING Bank Ukraine as well as being a board member of JSC Bank Société Générale. Valeria Gontareva speaks Ukrainian, English and Russian.

Viltaly Yarema (50) studied at the Kaliningrad special high school of militia of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR before entering the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies. From 2003 to 2005 he was First Deputy Chief of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine and from 2005 to 2010 he was Head of the Main Department of Internal Affairs. In 2006 he was elected to Kiev City Council. In 2014 he became First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine in the Yatsenyuk Government until his present posting. He is married with three children.

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