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Russia appoints new ambassador to Ukraine, despite conflict

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Jul 30th, 2016
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Mikhail Babich

Mikhail Babich

Moscow, Russia ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Moscow has requested Kyiv’s preliminary agreement to appoint Mikhail Babich as new Ambassador to Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Friday.

Mikhail Babich, currently the presidential envoy to the Volga Federal District, the RBC news website reported, citing sources close to the Kremlin.

Peskov told UNIAN agency he did not know yet whether Ukraine approved the agreement. All the diplomatic procedures are still in progress.

On July 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree releasing Mikhail Zubarov from his post as Russian ambassador to Ukraine , according to a statement on the Kremlin’s website.

Zubarov has been Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine since 2009, having previously served as a presidential advisor. His firing was part of a significant governmental reshuffle .

According to some reports, Zubarov appealed to Putin on several occasions to be released from his position in Kiev, especially after the Maidan Revolution in 2014.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Sergei Toporov will serve in Kiev as Russia’s charg√© d’affaires until a new ambassador is approved.

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