Moscow has asked Kiev agrément (preliminary consent) on the appointment of the presidential envoy in the Volga Federal district, Mikhail Babich, Russia’s new Ambassador in Ukraine. This was reported to journalists the press-Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, reports TASS.
“I don’t know yet [whether the consent of Kiev], but the approval requested”, — quotes Agency the words of Peskov. The press Secretary added that “the necessary diplomatic procedures, including obtaining approval are in process.”
On Thursday, the Director of policy and communications Ministry of Ukraine, Alexei Makeyev told reporters that he had not received any request for approval (agrément). The Ambassador can be appointed only after obtaining the agrément. To appoint a new Ambassador is not worth, said Friday a member of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on foreign Affairs, MP from the faction “Block of Petro Poroshenko” Vladimir Aryev.
On Friday the candidacy of the new Ambassador has already been discussed in the international Affairs Committee of the Federation Council. His candidacy was also discussed at the meeting of the international Committee of the state Duma, told journalists the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov. Babich, who attended the meeting, declined to comment to reporters. The results of the discussion, the deputies didn’t say anything. If approved his candidacy the Committee — classified information, said a member of the international Committee of the Roman Khudyakov. RIA Novosti reported that the Committee recommended that Babic to the position of Ambassador.
The Ambassador became vacant after the dismissal, on 28 July, this position Mikhail Zurabov, who held the position since 2009. On the eve of President Vladimir Putin made personnel changes.
The Committee session was held in urgency — just a day the senators and deputies of the international committees announced that it is necessary to come to Parliament, told the interlocutors in the state Duma and the Federation Council.
Babich five years was the presidential envoy in the Volga Federal district. He served in the airborne troops and the KGB, led the Corporation “Antei”, a short time was assistant chief of the border service of the FSB, worked Prime Minister of Chechnya. From 2003 to 2011 — Deputy of the state Duma.
About half a year ago in Babich soured relations part of Kremlin officials, so his departure from the post of Plenipotentiary was expected, a friend told Babych. The transfer to the post of Ambassador to Ukraine for Babich — raising, said political analyst Yevgeny Minchenko.
Ambassadors in Ukraine in recent years were from the Ministry of foreign Affairs, always chose the political heavyweights, obviously, Moscow considers it possible to continue this practice, said the Director close to the Kremlin Center for political conjuncture Alexei Chesnakov. Work style Ambassador in Kiev needs to be more active, and defending the interests of Russia – a tougher, he said.
Questions to the Ambassador
What Babich may be the new Ambassador to Ukraine, told two sources close to the Kremlin, immediately after it became known about the resignation of Zurabova.
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. During his work in Kiev it has been repeatedly criticized for too close a relationship with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
“The former practice of relying on good relationships to show tangible results, on the contrary, says Chesnakov. — Babich, the strongman, it will be easier to formulate some necessary thoughts that might seem too direct for career of the diplomat”.