Леонід Олександрович Кожара
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
24 December 2012
|Prime Minister||Mykola Azarov|
|Preceded by||Kostyantyn Gryshchenko|
|Ambassador of Ukraine to Sweden|
14 November 2002 – 6 July 2004
|Preceded by||Oleksandr Slipchenko|
|Succeeded by||Oleksandr Danyleiko|
14 January 1963 |
Poltava, Ukrainian SSR
|Political party||Party of Regions|
|Alma mater||Kiev University|
Leonid Kozhara (Ukrainian: Леонід Олександрович Кожара) (born 14 January 1963) is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine since December 2012 and the OSCE's (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Chairperson-in-Office.
Early life and education
Kozhara was born in Poltava on 14 January 1963. He graduated from Kiev State University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in international law.In 1985 to 1990 he studied at the Higher Party School of the Central Committee of Communist Party of Ukraine (today is part of the Kiev National University).
From 1990 to 1992 Kozhara worked as a senior adviser at the parliamentary secretariat. Until 1994 he worked at the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. From 1994 to 1997 he worked at the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States. From 1997 to 2002 he was returned to work at the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. In 2002, Kozhara was appointed Ambassador of Ukraine to Sweden which he held the position until 2004. From 2004 to January 2005 he once again on a service at the Presidential administration. From 2006 to 2012 Kozhara was a member of Verkhovna Rada from Party of Regions. He worked in the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs. In March 2010 he was appointed among eleven others "supernumerary advisors" to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. In 2011, Kozhara served as the first deputy of the Party of Regions. He was placed at number 9 on the electoral list of the party during the October 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election. In December 2012 Kozhara was appointed minister of foreign affairs.
- "Biography of Minister". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- Rada terminates parliamentary mandates of Kozhara, Lavrynovych, Tabachnyk, Kyiv Post, 25 December 2012
- President Yanukovych appoints 12 supernumerary advisors to president, Kyiv Post, 12 March 2010
- Regions Party to cooperate with ruling party in Kazakhstan, Kyiv Post, 24 November 2011.
- Party of Regions releases party list, Kyiv Post (30 July 2012)
- President of Ukraine has appointed new staff of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, UNIAN, 24 December 2012.
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