Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has defended the candidacy of Oksana Markarova, former Minister of Finance, for the position of Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA.

He expressed confidence that Markarova will be a successful ambassador because she has experience in cooperating with the U.S.

“Yes, she is a former member of the government. But who should be appointed ambassador to the United States? And why can’t this be a person who understands America very well, because she interacted with the United States and has a successful experience of interaction? A finance minister cannot but be a diplomat by definition. I said this right away,” Kuleba said.

He also noted that the staffing situation in the Foreign Ministry has reached a point where “we need to inject fresh blood at all levels. “So that’s it, I’m going out and looking for candidates for ambassadorial positions,” the minister said.