President signed decrees on granting Ukrainian citizenship to three foreign citizens – candidates for the posts in the Cabinet of Ministers.
Under the decrees signed by the President on December 2, Ukrainian citizenship shall be granted to Aivaras Abromavicius, Aleksandre Kvitashvili and Natalia Yaresko.
Commenting on his decision, Petro Poroshenko said: "Ukraine faces extraordinary challenges – extremely difficult economic situation, Russian aggression, urgent need for radical reforms and struggle against corruption. These challenges require unordinary decisions in public administration, which provide for the search of candidates for the new Government not only in Ukraine, but also abroad, especially in the countries with a rich experience in overcoming systemic crisis of internal and external origin".
Contender for the position in the government Aleksandre Kvitashvili noted: "I've been working over reforms in Ukraine for the last 3 months, but my love to this country lasts much longer. I've accepted the proposal to work in the Ukrainian Government because of my deep respect to Ukraine and its people. I am proud to become a citizen of this great country with a great future". Aleksandre Kvitashvili has been the Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.
Aivaras Abromavicius has a solid experience of investment activity in the countries of Eastern Europe. "I am proud and honored to be granted Ukrainian citizenship. I've been married to Ukrainian for 10 years. All 3 kids were born in Kyiv and feel very patriotic about this beautiful country that is experiencing challenging times. I hope my efforts and experience will help Ukraine reach a totally different level of economic development, bring transparency and openness to government’s work and finally do the much needed reforms fast," he said.
Natalia Yaresko has been working over the attraction and management of foreign investments in Ukraine for more than 20 years already. She enjoys trust in the Ukrainian business environment and among the international investors. N. Yaresko graduated from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government with a degree of Master in Public Policy. “ Having grown up in a Ukrainian family in the United States, and spending my adult life living and working in Ukraine, I am honored to accept Ukrainian citizenship. I am committed to Ukraine. With my heart, and with my work. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the Ukrainian people,” she said.
The President has signed decrees on granting Ukrainian citizenship under article 106, item 26 of the Constitution of Ukraine and article 9 of the Law of Ukraine "On Citizenship of Ukraine". Granting citizenship to these persons is of national interest, as stated in the decrees.