Ukraine refused to accept new Russian ambassador


Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Olena Zerkal said that Ukraine refused to accept the proposed candidate for the post of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.

According to her, appointing of a new ambassador was “taken off the agenda” at the initiative of Ukraine.

According to the deputy minister, the absence of the Russian ambassador in Ukraine will not affect the development of relations between the two countries.

“We are also limited in our ability to operate normally in the Russian Federation, so I think it will have no effect, given that the role of the former Ambassador of the Russian Federation was minimal,” TASS quotes the words of Zerkal.

Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov in response to a request to comment on Zerkal’s statement said that he “has nothing to add to what has been said before.”

On July 29th Russia asked Ukraine’s prior consent (the so-called agrement) to appointing Mikhail Babich as the Ambassador. On August 3, Dmitry Peskov told reporters that he “has nothing to say” about whether Ukraine has given consent.

  • Russia’s Ambassador in Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov was dismissed from his post on June 28. Later, it became known that Mikhail Babich was introduced as a candidate for the State Duma‘s (the lower chamber of Russia’s parliament – RRT) consideration.
  • Ukraine recalled its Ambassador Vladimir Yelchenko for consulting in March 2015. In December he was chosen as Ukraine‘s Permanent Representative in the UN. A new ambassador has never been appointed.