The question of the appointment of the Ambassador of Russia in Ukraine is not being considered, said on air of “channel 5” Deputy foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena zerkal. In her words, “the issue removed from the agenda at the initiative of the Ukrainian side.
“This issue is removed from agenda. At least, that’s how he was raised, he is removed from the agenda at the initiative of the Ukrainian side. Ukraine has decided this issue in 2014, when it recalled its Ambassador. We have working there temporarily attorney. And since we are limited in the Russian Federation in the possibility of normal operation, I believe that there is no impact [on the relationship between the two countries], — quotes the mirror -Ukraine.
She added that “the role of the previous Ambassador in the formation of these relationships was generally minimal.
“While we have nothing to add to what was said earlier,” — said in Wednesday evening press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, answering the question of whether the Kremlin about the reaction of Ukraine on the candidacy of the new Russian Ambassador.
The place of the Ambassador in Ukraine is freed after 28 July, President Vladimir Putin took the office, Mikhail Zurabov, who had held it since 2009. Zurabov several times asked to retire, told the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. The Kremlin and Putin appreciated the work Zurabov said.
Sources on July 28, said that Russia will offer to appoint Ambassador to Ukraine, presidential envoy for the Volga Federal district Mikhail Babich. He declined to comment. 29 July, Russia asked the Ukraine agrément (preliminary consent) on the appointment of Babich. Before his candidacy was discussed in the relevant committees of the state Duma and the Federation Council. The meeting reportedly took place in a matter of urgency.
Three of the interlocutor close to presidential administration, said that the Kremlin is not sure of the approval of candidate Babych Kiev. Moscow has a concern that Ukraine will not give approval, it will lead to conflict, which Russia will have to respond, said one of them. “Babich has long begged from the post of Ambassador, and initially it seemed that you can safely change Zurabov on it and look for a new envoy in the Volga Federal district. But now on this occasion there was concern,” he said.
Babich worked at the post of the envoy for five years. From 2003 to 2011 he was a Deputy of the state Duma. Babich served in the airborne troops and the KGB, he oversaw the Corporation “Antei”, some time was assistant chief of the border service of the FSB, and also worked as a Prime Minister of Chechnya.