Kostyantyn Gryshchenko

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Kostyantyn Hryshchenko
Костянтин Грищенко
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Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine
In office
24 December 2012[1] – 27 February 2014
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov
Succeeded by Oleksandr Sych
11th Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
In office
11 March 2010 – 24 December 2012[1]
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov
Preceded by Petro Poroshenko
Succeeded by Leonid Kozhara
Ukraine Ambassador to Russia
In office
President Viktor Yushchenko
Preceded by Oleh Dyomin
Succeeded by Volodymyr Yelchenko
5th Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
In office
2 September 2003 – 3 February 2005
Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych
Preceded by Anatoliy Zlenko
Succeeded by Borys Tarasiuk
6th Ukraine Ambassador to the United States
In office
January 2000 – September 2003
President Leonid Kuchma
Preceded by Anton Buteyko
Succeeded by Mykhailo Reznik
Ukraine Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands
In office
President Leonid Kuchma
Succeeded by Volodymyr Khandohiy
Personal details
Born (1953-10-28) 28 October 1953 (age 61)
Spouse(s) Natalia Ihorivna[2]
Children Oksana

Kostyantyn Ivanovych Hryshchenko (Ukrainian: Костянтин Іванович Грищенко) also spelled as Gryshchenko, born 28 October 1953 in Kiev, Ukraine, was one of the Vice Prime Ministers of Ukraine.

Hryshchenko served as the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States between 2000 and 2003 and as the ambassador to Russia in 2008. He was also Minister for Foreign Affairs between 2003 and 2005 and from 2010,[3] also becoming a Vice Prime Minister at the end of 2012.[4]


Hryshchenko graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations in International Law in 1975.[5] In 1976, he attended a United Nations translators course in Moscow.[5]

Diplomatic and Political Career[edit]

Career in USSR and post-independence Ukraine[edit]

From 1981-1991, Hryschenko held a number of diplomatic posts in the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including attaché and first secretary. From 1976 till 1981, he was a member of the UN Secretariat in New York.[5] He was based at the Consulate General of the USSR in Montreal, Canada between 1985 and 1990.[5]

When the USSR broke up in 1991, Ukraine declared its independence and Hryschenko became Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, representing Ukraine on the Inspection and Control Commissions monitoring the implementation of the START I and ABM nuclear warhead reduction treaties between the USSR and USA.[6]

In 1991, Gryshchenko was a Deputy Chief Inspector with the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM)which inspected Iraq’s weapons facilities. Between 1999 and 2003, he served with the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and the College of Commissioners for the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC).[7]

Ambassador and Foreign Minister[edit]

Gryshchenko served as the Ukrainian Ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and NATO between 1998 and 2000. From 2000 to 2003, he served as Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States,[3][5] dealing with allegations arising out of the so-called Cassette Scandal that Ukraine had supplied “Kolchuga” radars to Iraq in 2002.[8]

Gryshchenko was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in the First Yanukovych Government. He retained the post of First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council.[3]

Gryshchenko became deputy head of the Republican Party of Ukraine; at the 2006 parliamentary election the party was part of the Opposition Bloc "Ne Tak" with Gryshchenko on the 18th spot on the party list of this political alliance.[5] The alliance scored 1,01% of the national votes and no seats in the Ukrainian parliament.[9] On 15 April 2008 a decree of President Viktor Yushchenko appointed him First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council.[5] After becoming Ambassador of Ukraine to Russia in 2008 he retained the post of First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council.[5]

In 2010 Gryshchenko was again appointed as Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, chairing the Committee of the Ministers of the Council of Europe in 2011.[10] He was also involved in negotiations with Russia over extending the lease on its Sevastapol naval base in the Crimea in exchange for a reduction in the price of natural gas supplies.[11]

In December 2012, Kostyantyn Hryschenko was appointed as one of the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine.[12] He is expected to make full membership of the EU one of the country’s key foreign policy objectives.[13]

Awards and Honours[edit]

The President of Ukraine awarded Gryshchenko the Order of Merit third grade in 1998 and the Order of Merit second grade in 2003 for contributions to diplomacy and foreign affairs. He has also received a number of decorations from foreign states.[14]


Gryshchenko's daughter Oksana was an adviser to Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko.[15]

Chronological Biography[edit]

Date Position
1976-1991 Diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR
1992-1995 Counsellor to Director of the Department of Arms Control and Disarmament at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
1995-1998 Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
1998-2000 Ambassador of Ukraine to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg
2000-2003 Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States of America
2003-2005 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
2006-2007 Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ukraine
2008-2010 Ambassador of Ukraine to the Russian Federation
2010-2012 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
2012- Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Yanukovych appoints new Cabinet of Ministers, Kyiv Post (24 December 2012)
  2. ^ Ukrainian Weekly Vol. LXII, no. 8, 23 February 2003, quote: “Ambassador Gryshchenko and his wife, Natalia, arrived in the afternoon of January 18 and first met privately with Archbishop Antony in his Consistory office.” http://www.scribd.com/doc/12836296/The-Ukrainian-Weekly-200308
  3. ^ a b c "Ministry of Foreign Affairs". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. 
  4. ^ Kyiv Post, Dec. 24, 2012 “Yanukovych appoints new Cabinet of Ministers” http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/yanukovych-is-appointing-new-cabinet-of-ministers-318086.html
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h (Russian) Грищенко Константин Иванович Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, ЛІГА
  6. ^ "Ministry of Foreign Affairs". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. 
  7. ^ "EuroParl" (PDF). Euro Parl. 
  8. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/ukraine/kolchuga.htm
  9. ^ (Ukrainian) Databases ASD: Political parties in Ukraine
  10. ^ "USUBC meeting with Ukrainian foreign minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko". U.S.-Ukraine Business Council. 
  11. ^ http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/04/21/russia.ukraine/index.html
  12. ^ "Yanukovych appoints new Cabinet of Ministers". Kyiv Post. 
  13. ^ "Ukraine cabinet focuses on economy, foreign policy". China.org.cn. , quote: "Gryschenko, who was in charge of EU integration while foreign minister, will continue that work in his new post as deputy prime minister. Gryschenko also is expected to lobby more for Ukraine's EU aspirations as a priority of Kiev's foreign policy."
  14. ^ "EuroParl" (PDF). EuroParl. 
  15. ^ Kyiv Post, Dec. 6, 2012, quote: “Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko dropped by for a brief formal talk since he was in town anyway for bilateral meetings. His daughter, Oksana Gryshchenko, an adviser to Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko, unexpectedly appeared as a panelist on the energy topic.” http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/passion-has-disappeared-in-us-ukraine-relationship-317270.html