Federal President and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis (61) has decided to reopen the embassy in the Ukrainian capital. In the coming days, Ambassador Claude Wilde is to travel back to Kyiv with four other employees of the foreign department.
The decision was made after a “detailed analysis of the security situation”, said the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA) on Thursday. The security situation in Kyiv allows the ambassador team to travel back to Kyiv.
Should the security situation deteriorate, the team must be able to leave the country at short notice in an emergency. A team from the FDFA’s Crisis Management Center (KMZ) is responsible for security. The KMZ had also – together with experts from the defense department – clarified the security situation.
Embassy was closed four days after the start of the war
The exchange with the Ukrainian authorities is easier if Switzerland has a representative on site, writes the FDFA. The embassy team will initially take care of the coordination of humanitarian aid and development and reconstruction projects. In addition, the focus is on good offices and reporting on the situation in Ukraine. Local presence is also important for planning the Ukraine summit on reconstruction aid, which will take place in Ticino at the beginning of July.
The embassy was closed on February 24, four days after Russia began the war against Ukraine. Ambassador Claude Wild and four of his employees had left the Ukrainian capital “due to the threatening security situation” by land. Members of the Special Forces Command (KSK) had supported the temporary closure of the embassy.
Other embassies are now open again
The tasks of the embassy were continued during the two and a half months from Bern and from the Moldovan capital Chisinau as well as from the Romanian capital Bucharest.
In the past few days, various representations from other countries had also been reopened. On Wednesday, for example, the US Department of State announced the reopening. The German embassy had already resumed operations in a limited form last week. The FDFA speaks of more than 40 states that are represented in Kyiv again. (SDA)