Deputies and senators will discuss urgently the candidacy of the new Ambassador to Ukraine


Deputies and senators of the international committees of both houses of Parliament on Thursday had been instructed urgently to arrive to Moscow on Friday to take part in meetings to discuss candidates for the post of Ambassador of Russia in Ukraine. This was told by a few parliamentarians.

The Ambassador became vacant after President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed Mikhail Zurabov, designated in 2009. The chargé d’affaires was Sergei Toropov.

As stated earlier, the Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Leonid Slutsky, for approval of a new Ambassador must be approved by the relevant committees of both chambers. He also expressed doubt that the nomination will be agreed before the Duma elections in September.

The interlocutors in the state Duma and the Federation Council, said that on Thursday afternoon, the leadership Committee called them out of regions. Will discuss the candidacy of a new Ambassador to Ukraine, confirmed the four sides.

Procedure the candidature of Ambassador the Ministry of foreign Affairs, then she is in the presence of the candidate at the meeting of the profile Committee of the state Duma.

For the arrival of the Ambassador, the consent (agrément) of the receiving party. The Ukrainian side has not received from Russia a request for agrement, said Director of policy and communications of Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Alexey Makeev, the Agency “Interfax-Ukraine”.

Profile for the appointment of the next Ambassador to Ukraine in the state Duma is Committee on CIS Affairs. However, due to the fact that its Chairman Leonid Slutsky with a delegation of French parliamentarians will be in Crimea, a candidate will consider international Committee, headed by Alexei Pushkov, told the . The representative of the propagation of the request is not answered.

Informed sources close to the Kremlin, said that the Ambassador in Ukraine can become the current presidential envoy to the Volga Federal district Mikhail Babich, the native of power structures. Babich declined to comment , citing the employment. The interviewed deputies refused to name the candidate, according to them, the names of the appointees they find out at the meeting.

The Problem Zurabov

The main claim to the work of the Embassy of Russia in Ukraine on the part of public men and politicians had flaws of the Embassy before and during the events of Euromaidan began in November 2013.

“For the period of his work were very difficult and unprecedented events in Ukraine, and from the point of view of our bilateral relations. It was a very difficult task”, — commented on the work of Zurabov, a press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. The Ambassador repeatedly asked to resign, said Peskov. “His work is very appreciated in the Kremlin, including the President,” — said Peskov.

The work of Mikhail Zurabov in Kiev began uneasy. In Moscow the parliamentary opposition criticized his appointment, and Kiev did not take long successor, Viktor Chernomyrdin. Member of the Communist party Ivan Melnikov said that you want to assign professional and Zurabov “has repeatedly proved that the search for compromise are not his strong suit. Before Zurabov was engaged in the monetization of benefits, which caused protests across the country.

However, committees of the state Duma and the Federation Council approved his appointment in June 2009, the agrement on the arrival of a new Ambassador to Kiev was obtained from the administration of President Viktor Yushchenko in August, but to present credentials Zurabov could only in January, 2010. Took them not the President Yushchenko, whose relations with Moscow have been strained, and the Minister of foreign Affairs Petro Poroshenko.

In February of the same year, Ukraine was elected President Victor Yanukovych, in which Ukraine’s relations with Russia for several years has improved: extended the contract on basing of the black sea fleet in the Crimea, Kiev received a discount on gas, actively discussed the possibility of Ukraine joining the Customs Union of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Slept Maidan

However, the subsequent events have again attracted criticism from supporters of the Pro-Russian course of Ukraine, which demanded that the Embassy more active work, and from Moscow politicians. In December 2013, when Viktor Yanukovych was still President, and on the Maidan for two months were protests, the head of the Communist party faction in the state Duma Gennady Zyuganov criticized the Ambassador for insufficient work. It “dispatches not sent” his “no one sees or hears”. In solidarity with him were the leader of “Fair Russia” Sergey Mironov: “for some reason, the position of the Russian Ambassador not being heard.”

However, Zurabov remained to work in Kiev, but in Moscow for a consultation only for the period from February to June 2014, after the flight of President Yanukovych to Russia. In June 2014 he began to represent Russia at the talks of the Tripartite contact group in Minsk and was the chief negotiator until April 2015, when it was replaced by Azamat kulmuhametov.

Ambassador Zurabov was invisible from the beginning of his work, but in General, the Russian Embassy was one of the most active, the staff actively participated in expert meetings, said Serhiy SOLODKY, Deputy Director of the Ukrainian Institute of world politics.

Zurabov was the Manager contacts between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, his friendship with Poroshenko was extremely important, these contacts are protected from the great war, I am sure Ukrainian political analyst Vadim Karasev. In recent years, diplomatic relations between the two countries was curtailed, Zurabov could not conduct open diplomacy, diplomacy and his work became a hybrid, apparently, the Kremlin more so diplomacy is needed, not more clear and unambiguous relationship, said Karasev.