This was said by Deputy Foreign Minister for European Integration Olena Zerkal in an interview with Channel 5, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.
Asked about the prospects of the appointment of the new Russian ambassador to Ukraine, she said: "This issue is off the agenda. It was removed from it. At least the form it was dished up in."
The official explained that the issue was removed from the agenda at the initiative of the Ukrainian side. Zerkal believes that the absence of an ambassador will not harm bilateral relations.
As reported, spokesperson for the Russian president Dmitry Peskov announced that Kremlin requested Ukraine's consent to the appointment of Mikhail Babich Russia's ambassador to Ukraine.
Mikhail Babich currently holds the post of presidential envoy in the Volga Federal District. Babich hailed from the security forces. He served in the Airborne Troops and KGB, and also headed Antey Corporation. He was the assistant head of the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service (FSB) for a short period of time. Babich was a deputy of the State Duma between 2003 and 2011.
Earlier, 28 July, Mikhail Zurabov was dismissed from the post of the Russian ambassador to Ukraine which he held for more than six years.
Sergei Toropov, who worked in the Russian embassy in Latvia in 2008, was appointed Russia's chargé d'affaires in Ukraine.
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