To protect the safety of its citizens, the Ukrainian authorities will not facilitate the chartering of flights for labor migrants until the situation with the global coronavirus pandemic has improved, as stated by Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba during an online briefing on April 28, reports Ukrinform.
“Neighboring countries are indeed interested in the chartering of Ukrainian laborers, but the Ukrainian government is primarily interested in protecting the safety and health of our citizens. In the context of a spreading pandemic, any trip is an exposure to the threat of the disease, especially when this trip is carried out by plane. At the moment, the government's efforts are aimed at returning Ukrainians currently stuck in other countries from abroad; therefore, it seems illogical to simultaneously charter flights for the export of Ukrainian citizens to countries where the epidemic is still spreading with varying degrees of intensity,” said Kuleba.
At the same time, he stressed that the Ukrainian side is open to discussions. “We understand the need for workers from our partners, so we will be ready to revise this position, given a change in the situation of the coronavirus pandemic,” the diplomat said.