“We continue to offer to appoint a new Ambassador, is our approach to our bilateral relations. However, if the Ukrainian side makes a decision on the downgrading of our diplomatic relations and considers it appropriate for such a lowered level of diplomatic communication is the choice of the Ukrainian side. We still are supporters [of the appointment of the Ambassador] offered to the Ambassador of Russia was in Kiev”, — said the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, reports .
According to Peskov, it is incorrect to say that Mikhail Babich refused the agrement. “Diplomatic procedure preliminary approval to perform the mode of silence, the Russian side offered, and still offers a well — known option,” – he answered a question of journalists, does Moscow intend to look for a new candidate Ambassador.
That Kiev did not agree on the candidacy of the Ambassador in Ukraine and withdrew the issue from the agenda, said on Wednesday Deputy foreign Minister Elena zerkal. “This issue is off the agenda… At least as it was delivered” — quoted Deputy Minister of RIA Novosti. According to her, the role of the past Ambassador Mikhail Zurabov in the formation of relationships was minimal.
“The appointment of heads of diplomatic missions, as well as on the level of diplomatic relations, the first is solved on the basis of mutual consensus, the second is solved in silence. The Russian side, in particular President Putin, as you know, signed a decree on dismissal of our former Ambassador Zurabov, he was dismissed as Ambassador and also he will no longer be the special representative of the President,” reminded Sands.
Russian President Vladimir Putin fired Mikhail Zurabov was appointed Ambassador in 2009, July 28. The official reasons for the resignation are not reported, but the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov reported that work Zurabov in the Kremlin met, she fell on a difficult period in the relationship and Zurabov several times asked to retire.
Peskov drew attention to the fact that the Kremlin has not confirmed nor denied the name of the candidate for the post of Ambassador. He also reminded that in the case of Kiev refused to agree on the candidature of Ambassador Moscow may propose another candidate.
“It would be strange if from Kiev was not followed by any “dirty tricks” in connection with the appointment of the new Ambassador of Russia in Ukraine, says the Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Leonid Slutsky. “Of course, there are hotheads in Kiev and Ukraine is a territory of external control, and it is always necessary to keep in mind about the line of official Kiev against Russia. These hotheads may try to suspend the procedure of approval of the candidacy of the Ambassador of Russia for an indefinite period”, — said the Deputy. But this could be affected and the interests of Ukraine, including economic, as in the economic sphere the cooperation is not minimized, says Slutsky. Therefore, in his opinion, this problematic situation will be time-limited in nature and will be resolved in the near future.
“Moscow will insist on this candidacy, Russia is not jumping, due to some nuances in Kiev to change the candidacy of Ambassador of Russia, the more we are talking about very serious political figure,” insists the girl. He is confident that in the course of political consultati soon after the issue will be resolved positively.
The situation with the Ambassador, “may hang”, says Ukrainian political analyst Vadim Karasev. In his opinion, after the failure Babich, Russia will have to find a new candidate, and it’s not easy. The cooperation between the two countries, which is now minimal, no Ambassador will not hurt: consular services will continue to work, the talks in Minsk go on as usual.
In order to agree on the candidacy of the new Ambassador would need the agreement of the radical part of the Ukrainian society, the consent of the authorities is not enough, explains the reason for the refusal Karasev. Society could agree to the appointment of a career diplomat, but not a man like Babich, known for his tough style of work.
How will the events develop further is difficult to predict if Moscow will insist on Babich, then in response to Kiev can go on the rupture of diplomatic relations, which is hardly beneficial to Russia now, says Karasev.