Vietnamese Ambassador to Ukraine Nguyen Minh Tri in an interview with VNA reporter (Source: VNA)
Kiev (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine has actively taken measures to ensure citizen protection, said Ambassador Nguyen Minh Tri.

In 2014 and 2015, the embassy focused on evacuating Vietnamese people from combat zones amid safety concerns. However, at present, it is helping them continue doing business in Ukraine, he stated.

Regarding the situation of the Vietnamese community in Odessa, especially after January 28, when the Security Service of Ukraine raided a Vietnamese residential quarter called Lang Sen (Lotus Village) in the city, the Ambassador confirmed that the situation for Vietnamese citizens here remains unstable.

Stabilising the lives of the Vietnamese community while ensuring they obey Ukrainian law is urgent, he said, adding that the Vietnamese community is evaluated as a well-organised and generally decent community.

Mentioning Vietnam-Ukraine relations, the diplomat said that there has been no progress in bilateral ties over the past two years, due to the current instability in Ukraine.

However, in late 2015, within the framework of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agreed to work together to boost the two countries’ relations. The Ukrainian leader also pledged a visit to Vietnam within 2016.

Ukraine is busily preparing for the upcoming meeting of the two nations’ inter-governmental committee, Tri stated, adding that Ukrainian ministries and sectors are also seeking measures to foster bilateral ties.-VNA