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 Russian ambassador’s appointment not on agenda over ongoing Russian aggression, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Klimkin says

The Ukrainian side is reluctant to discuss candidacy of the new Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ukraine due to the lack of positive developments in the context of the Russian aggression in the Donbas.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, this was stated by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin.

"It's not candidates or some specific things we are talking about today but the creation of positive developments around what is going on around the whole Russian aggression, around everything that happens in the Donbas," he said.

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According to the minister, that was the reason for the issue of the new Russian ambassador to Ukraine to be out of the agenda.

"We need a positive dynamics in order to move forward and the personnel issues are secondary. That is why the question about the new ambassador is not the current agenda's priority," Klimkin summed up.

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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