The Russian President Vladimir Putin may appoint a former Assistant to the Head of the FSB Border Guard Mikhail Babich as the Russian Ambassador to Ukraine instead of the dismissed Mikhail Zurabov. The Russian Representative in the Contact Group on the Settlement of the Situation in Donbass has also been changed, the post is currently hold by Boris Gryzlov, reports "Interfax" publication with reference to its own sources.
Today at 15:30 Moscow time, the approval of the diplomatic representatives, in particular the candidacy of the RF Ambassador in Ukraine, will be considered at the meeting of the State Duma International Affairs Committee.
It is noted that a few months ago, the ex-speaker of the Russian State Duma Gryzlov was considered the main contender for the post.
On July 28, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the dismissal of the Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov. Some Russian media claim that Zurabov’s resignation had being prepared for a long time. He repeatedly expressed his desire to leave Kiev, but Moscow did not give a visual signal, as the ambassador, who had long-term friendly relations with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, remained an indispensable channel of communication with him.