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Before
being posted to Ukraine, Tombinski headed Poland’s mission to the EU. He has
also served as Poland’s ambassador to France. The polyglot diplomat speaks
English, German, French, Slovenian and Czech.

His skills
and experience will come in handy in starting a new page in relations with the
EU. His predecessor, Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira, riled government authorities with
his candid assessments about corruption, democratic regression and the
unfriendly business climate in Ukraine since President Viktor Yanukovych took
power in 2010.

By
contrast, Tombinski has kept a low profile since his arrival four months ago.
In one of his first interviews in Ukraine, the Polish diplomat told the Kyiv
Post on Jan. 23 why he doesn’t talk frequently to journalists on the record. He
also shared his views about how Ukraine-EU relations can move forward.
Additionally, he talked about recent developments in the case of imprisoned ex-Prime
Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the prospect of punitive sanctions coming from
the West against Ukraine’s leaders.

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