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Kremlin insists on Babich as Russian ambassador to Ukraine

Moscow still proposes Mikhail Babich as a candidate for the position of Russia’s ambassador in Kyiv, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said
Kremlin insists on Babich as Russian ambassador to Ukraine

“It is wrong the agreement regarding Babich has been denied,” he said, adding that “various diplomatic procedures of preliminary coordination” are normally performed in a “quiet mode,” Joinfo.ua reports with reference to TASS agency.

“The Russian side keeps pressing for the known option,” Peskov said.

“We still propose the appointment of a new ambassador. This is our approach to our bilateral relations. At the same time, if the Ukrainian side makes a decision to downscale the level of our relations and thinks it is feasible to have a lower level of diplomatic contacts – it is entirely its own choice. We remain certain that Russia should have an ambassador in Kyiv,” Peskov said.

It should be recalled that the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena Zerkal said that Ukraine has rejected the proposed candidate for the ambassador of the Russian Federation.

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

Former Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov was dismissed on July 28. He held this post since 2009.