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Ukraine's Foreign Ministry Criticizes Outgoing EU Envoy

Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has criticized the outgoing European Union ambassador for his recent comments on the country's political situation.

In an interview on August 30 with the "Ukrayinska Pravda" newspaper, Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira, who spent the last four years as the EU's chief diplomat to Kyiv, criticized the government's continued jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and recent changes to the country's election law.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Voloshyn dismissed Teixeira's remarks as "loudmouthed," noting that "an absolutely different person" will soon be acting as the EU's ambassador to Ukraine.

Teixera, a native of Portugal, is going on to serve as ambassador to the West African island Republic of Cape Verde.

He will be replaced in Kyiv by Polish diplomat Jan Tombinski, who earlier served as ambassador to France, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Based on reporting by Interfax,, and