Russia is in favour of Ukraine in its diplomatic mission was led by the Ambassador, and looked forward to the adoption of the nominations of Michael Babich. This was stated by the assistant to the head of Russia Yuri Ushakov, reports Radio Liberty.
“This is our principled position in Kiev and Moscow a diplomatic mission should be chaired at the level of ambassadors,” he said. However, according to the assistant of Vladimir Putin, if Ukraine will perform for the downgrading of diplomatic missions, “it must be so.”
Ushakov added that if Russia will get from Ukraine the confirmation of the willingness to accept the Kremlin’s candidate, then the foreign Ministry of Ukraine will be sent the request for the agrément.
On 28 July, Mikhail Zurabov was dismissed from the post of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.
On July 29, the press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Russia has asked Ukraine’s prior consent (agrément) on the appointment of Mikhail Babich, the new Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.
August 3, Deputy foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena zerkal stated that Ukraine has not agreed on the candidacy of the new Ambassador of Russia in Kiev Mikhail Babich, not satisfied therefore, the request for agrément, and the issue is “removed” from the agenda.
Babich, the Plenipotentiary representative of RF President in Volga Federal district December 15, 2011.
From 2002 to 2003, he headed the government of Chechnya. Babich – the native of power structures, he served in airborne troops of the KGB, led by the Antey Corporation.
Experience in the diplomatic field, he has not.