Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Abstract. The article outlines the making of Ukraine’s diplomatic service as seen by a person who was directly involved in the process as well as the entire arduous journey during which a new generation of Ukrainian diplomats was born. The author recounts his trips abroad and the way they influenced the future of the Ukrainian state in the world arena along with meetings with brilliant young diplomats and anti-Ukrainian KGBeasts. The article also contains his stance with regard to the steps taken by the first presidents, which had an impact on the role and future lot of Ukraine in the context of the world community. Mention is made of the organisational stage in the formation of Ukrainian diplomacy, search for specialists to be employed at the MFA, as well as challenges that confronted the already independent and sovereign Ukraine.
Keywords: Ukraine, diplomats, independence, MFA, KGB, international relations, nuclear weapons.