The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin commented on the Agency “Interfax-Ukraine” Kiev’s decision not to discuss the candidacy of the new Russian Ambassador, and bound him with the situation in the Donbass.
“Today we are not talking about the candidates or any specific things, but about creating a positive momentum around the whole context of Russian aggression all around what is happening in the Donbass”, — said Klimkin. He stressed that Kiev “needs a positive trend in order to move on, and the question of personalities is a secondary issue”.
On the eve the Deputy foreign Minister Elena zerkal reported that Kiev did not agree on the candidacy of the Ambassador in Ukraine, and has removed this question from the agenda. “Ukraine has resolved this issue in 2014, when it recalled its Ambassador. We have working there temporarily attorney,” she said, adding that “the role of the previous Ambassador in the formation of these relationships was generally minimal.
Thursday, August 4, Peskov commented on the Kiev’s decision to abandon the Russian Ambassador. “If the Ukrainian side makes a decision on the downgrading of our diplomatic relations and considers it appropriate for such a low-level 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 Peskov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin freed Mikhail Zurabov from the post of Russian Ambassador to Ukraine on July 28. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Zurabov several times asked to retire. He added that the Kremlin and Putin appreciates the work of Zurabov as Ambassador. Charge d’affaires of Russia in Ukraine was appointed Sergei Toropov.
29 July, Russia asked the Ukraine agrément (preliminary consent) on the appointment of the new Russian Ambassador. Sources reported that this post Moscow suggested that the presidential envoy in Volga Federal district Mikhail Babich. Later, news agencies reported that the candidacy of Babich approved in the state Duma and the Federation Council.
Three of the interlocutor close to presidential administration, said that the Kremlin was not sure of the approval of candidate Babych Kiev. In Moscow there were fears that Ukraine will not give approval, it will lead to conflict, which Russia will have to respond, said one of the interlocutors.