After the resonant murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, official Moscow seems to have decided on a new candidate for the post, Dozhd reports.
Russian Ambassador to Turkey may become Mikhail Babich, who was once denied the similar position in Ukraine. The appointment will happen as early as in 2017.
However, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not confirm this information.
Mikhail Babich was long planned to be redeployed from the post of Russian president’s envoy in the Privolzhye federal district
After the dismissal of Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov in summer 2016, Russian media named Mikhail Babich the candidate for this post, which was publicly confirmed by Dmitry Peskov. His candidacy was proposed to the State Duma with the request for agrement from Ukraine.
However, Kyiv denied the appointment for a number of reasons, among them: his lack of diplomatic experience, participation of Mikhail Babich in taking illegal decision on joining the Crimea to Russia and sending Russian "peacekeepers" to the peninsular, as well as a violation of diplomatic rules under which unapproved ambassador nominee should not be declared in public.