The Russian State Duma deputies represented by Valery Rashkin and Sergei Obukhov asked the Foreign Ministry to recommend President Vladimir Putin to remove Mikhail Zurabov from the post of ambassador to Ukraine. The appropriate deputies' request will be addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.
According to the deputies, Zurabov, who was appointed to the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Ukraine in 2009, was not able to prevent the growth of anti-Russian sentiment in Ukraine and the Maidan.
"We ask you to consider making proposals to the President of Russia, relating to personnel changes regarding the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov," writes deputies' request to Lavrov.
According to Rashkin and Obukhov, experts strongly criticize Zurabov, calling his work in Ukraine a complete failure.
The deputies believe that inactive work of Zurabov led "to disappearance of any principled and consistent defense of interests of Russia and the Russians in Ukraine."
At the same time, the deputies do not even suggest that anti-Ukrainian government in Ukraine and Russian occupation of the part of Ukraine is a probable cause of what they accuse Zurabov of.