Charge d’affaires of Russia in Ukraine was Sergei Toropov, reports “RIA Novosti” with reference to the Department of information and press of the Ministry of foreign Affairs.
Chargé d’affaires headed the diplomatic mission during the absence of the Ambassador. The previous Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, who held the post since 2009, was dismissed on Thursday. The new has not yet been appointed.
Later, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the new Ambassador to Ukraine will be appointed soon. According to him, Zurabov expressed “wishes” to retire, having worked for more than six years Ambassador, while his work is appreciated in the Kremlin.”
The approval of the Russian ambassadors in foreign countries is considered with participation of profile committees of the Duma. As stated by the Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Leonid Slutsky, now in Committee, no candidates, and most likely he will be able to consider a new after only after the elections of the state Duma, which will take place on 18 September.
Biography of Sergey Toropova in the public domain. In 2008, the Latvian media reported on the expulsion from Latvia Russian Embassy in Riga named Sergey Toropov. The reason was the suspicion of espionage. Later edition Delfi has informed, that Latvia is not expelled Toropova, but the employee with the same name, left the country the year before.
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.
For Zurabov in recent years, made a claim of public figures and politicians. Local media and experts said his closeness with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. In 2015 Zurabov criticized deputies from the Communist party Valery Rashkin and Sergey Obukhov, who wrote to the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, a letter that the Ambassador’s work did not contribute to prevent the growth of anti-Russian sentiments and independence in the neighboring country. Lavrov replied that the issue of Zurabov’s work “not for public discussion”.
Zurabov said the radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda” that he learned about his resignation from journalists, as he’s resting now.
He 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. If assigned to be the code enforcer, it will be a bad signal to Kiev from Moscow and represent a departure from the backroom diplomacy and the transition to a tougher line, says Karasev.