Étienne de Poncins, appointed to Kyiv in July 2019, will leave his post in the summer.
It became known that French Ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Ponsins will leave his post in Kiev this summer for Warsaw. The Picaro, confirming Politico’s information. Appointed to Kyiv on July 29, 2019, he enjoyed the start of “.Special Military Operations» Russian. On February 28, he evacuated the Lviv embassy in the west of the country. “Thanks to GIGN’s work, we were able to leave Kyiv without incident, despite a few incidents when approaching Russian checkpoints.He had was handed over Picaro , after the re-opening of the Embassy’s premises in Kyiv on April 15. Nevertheless, the evacuation was criticized in the press, with some employees condemning it as insufficiently prepared.
A strategic appointment, as Poland has voiced since the start of the war in Ukraine. This prompted Warsaw to insist on supplying German Panther 2 tanks to the Ukrainian armed forces. Long before the US green light to send F-16s to Kiev, Warsaw sent Mig-29 fighter jets. However, the relationship between the two countries has cooled recently in Poland A temporary ban was imposed It accuses imports of Ukrainian grain of destabilizing the price of its own grain.
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In Ukraine, he won the opinion of “.First and last mile diplomacy“. “We listen carefully to Ukrainian needs first. Then we send them to Paris, which brings together the requested resources. Finally we get them here“.
In November, Etienne de Ponsins published In the heart of war (XO Editions), A book that frightened people in the Quai d’Orsay and the embassy, some judged that such publicity did not come within the character of an ambassador.
A graduate of ENA in 1990, promoted Jean Monnet, he was concurrently ambassador to Bulgaria, Kenya and Somalia before being appointed to Kyiv in 2019. His successor is currently unknown.
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