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Monday, March 12, 2018

“A specialist in contacts with Poroshenko no longer in demand

The President has sent in resignation of the Ambassador of Russia to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov. Relations with Kiev are lowered to the level of temporary attorneys. According to experts, in the role of a diplomat from Zurabov had more failures than successes, but he was value due to the trust relationship with Poroshenko. The fact that the Ambassador is not recalled immediately after the start of the Ukrainian crisis, talked about the hopes for normalization. What should we expect now?

“Release Zurabov Mikhail from his duties, Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in Ukraine”, – said in the text of the presidential decree published on Thursday on the Kremlin website. It is noteworthy that foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in April 2015, did not rule out the resignation of Zurabova from a post of the Ambassador of Russia in Ukraine.

“Since the Verkhovna Rada has not adopted the package of laws on the implementation of the Minsk agreements in Moscow apparently decided that nothing to lose, losing Ambassador in Kiev”

At the same time was appointed charge d’affaires of Russia in Ukraine Sergey Toropov.

After the news of the resignation Zurabov reported that the new Russian Ambassador in Ukraine will appoint only after there will begin work the state Duma of the new convocation of the Duma elections, recall, will be held on 18 September, the first session will begin in October). This was stated by the head of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots Leonid Slutsky.

“To date, no candidates for the post of Ambassador of Russia to Ukraine in the Committee is not” – said the Deputy.

Zurabov held the post of extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia in Ukraine for seven years – from 5 Aug 2009 to 28 July 2016. In this position, he was replaced by Viktor Chernomyrdin. At the time of manual Zurabov, the Russian Embassy came a number of significant events in Ukraine – from the 2010 presidential election, won by Viktor Yanukovych until the coup in 2014, which overthrew Yanukovych.

Note that from June 2014 to April 2015 Zurabov represented Russia in the contact group on settling the situation in Ukraine.

Asked for resignation

The resignation of Mikhail Zurabov demanded by many political forces, analysts and journalists. Many believe that because of the poor performance of Mikhail Zurabov as Ambassador to Ukraine events occurred. According to the source RIA “Novosti”, in recent years Zurabov “has applied with a request to release him from his post, he personally asked the Russian President about this, especially after the coup in Ukraine in 2014”.

“However, his removal from office would mean that Moscow would have lost the Ambassador in Kiev. The new Ambassador would not be able to begin his duties, as his candidacy is agreed with the Ukrainian authorities, including with the Parliament, which is impossible with the current radical anti-Russian attitude of the Ukrainian legislators,” – said the Agency interlocutor.

The source noted that, because the Supreme Rada has not adopted the package of laws on the implementation of the Minsk agreements (the Amnesty law and the law on appointment of elections in local authorities in particular regions of Lugansk and Donetsk regions), Moscow apparently decided that nothing to lose, losing the Ambassador in Kiev.”

“Zurabov is possible to put a fat minus

The Deputy Director of the CIS Institute Vladimir Zharikhin is sure that the activities of the diplomat reflected in the results. “The results over the past seven years, when Zurabov Ambassador, is absolutely deplorable. Zurabov was unable to prevent the overthrow of Yanukovych. I understand that the overthrow of Yanukovych was facilitated by the American Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt). And his activities had brought him a positive result. As for Zurabov – negative. It is a fact. Therefore, it is possible to put a fat minus,” said Zharikhin the newspaper VIEW.

He suggested that after the overthrow of the Ukrainian leader Zurabov was left as Ambassador because it was close and quite personal relationship with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

We will add that trusting relationship Zurabov, Poroshenko mentioned the Director of the Kiev center for political studies and conflictology Mikhail Pogrebinsky. “I have been in the common company, and then I was under the impression that they are on friendly terms. However, this was before the Maidan. Not sure how they are now,” he said in comments the newspaper VIEW in April 2015.

“Any worth other than as an intermediary in cooperation with Poroshenko Zurabov did not represent”

“A positive result from these relations in the implementation of the Minsk agreements we see? No, we do not see, ” continues the Zharikhin. – Here you can put a fat minus. Therefore, the activity of Zurabov as Ambassador you, from my point of view, be equated to its activity on a post of the Minister of social protection, which also was a failure,” – said the analyst.

Activity became discreet

In turn, the Director of the Ukrainian Institute of political analysis and international studies Serhiy Tolstov said that the activities of Zurabov recently difficult because the nature of diplomatic relations between the two countries was frozen, the more that Kiev in General has withdrawn its Ambassador from Moscow. But now we can speak about the mutual withdrawal of ambassadors.

“The fact that Zurabov (the beginning of the crisis) has not been revoked, talked about the possibility of preserving normalization. In diplomatic language it meant a sign that relations can be normalized”, Tolstov said the newspaper VIEW.

With regard to the activities Zurabov before the crisis, it was visible and clear”, and then she was discreet. “He was in good enough contacts with the President Poroshenko. That is served a particular link, a link of a dialogue”, – said the expert.

“Was a very difficult mission”

Later in the Kremlin confirmed the information source on requests Zurabov’s resignation. “Really, because I have stressed that over six years is a sufficiently long stay of the Ambassador in his post. Indeed, Ambassador Zurabov expressed such wishes, – said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. – Of course, his work is very appreciated in the Kremlin, including the President. For the period of his work were very difficult and unprecedented events in Ukraine, and from the point of view of our bilateral relations. It was a very difficult mission.”

“We expect that in the near future will be appointed the new Ambassador of Russia in Ukraine,” said Sands, answering the question about the appointment of the Ambassador of Russia in Ukraine. “As soon as the necessary diplomatic procedures and will sign an Executive order, we will inform you accordingly,” – said the press Secretary of the head of state.

The downgrading of bilateral relations

After the Ambassador’s recall the procedure for the appointment of a new problematic. “It can only be mutual procedure and only in case of significant improvement. Today, signs of significant improvement is noticed. So we enter a period chargés d’affaires, a significant reduction of the bilateral diplomatic relations… Obviously, this is the last stage before rupture of diplomatic relations”, – says Tolstov.

However, Zharikhin is sure that it is not in dropping the relationship, but the fact that Vladimir Putin has lost the need for direct cooperation with Poroshenko. “He felt the senselessness of this. Whatever is said or promised Poroshenko, decisions are not taken by them. Therefore, it is necessary to speak with the source, and not Poroshenko. And any other value, except as an intermediary in cooperation with Putin Poroshenko, Zurabov, of course, had no idea”, – said Zharihin.

It also does not exclude that Sergey Toropov may for a long time to be charge d’affaires of Russia in Ukraine, because Kiev is not interested in raising the status of diplomatic relations, the emergence of a full-fledged Ambassador and will be long enough to block the appointment without giving the agrément of those or other candidates from the Russian side”.

“Don’t hide the fact that resent this post”

Member of the Public chamber, the President of Fund of research of problems of democracy Maxim Grigoriev is convinced that the identity of the Ambassador can not and should not radically affect relations between the two countries, since its position is determined by the state. “Russophobian policy of the current Ukrainian government is so anti-Russian character, so the appointment of a new Ambassador is hardly somehow can influence it”, – said Grigoriev the newspaper LOOK.

According to him, the identity of Zurabov was so far from the diplomatic service and from the current in Ukraine the situation that was required to replace it. “Zurabov does not conceal that resent this post. Prior to that, he never was engaged in diplomatic service. As far as I know, Zurabov wanted to leave this position,” said Gregory, adding that the identity of Zurabov in many cases not been involved in the preparation of decisions at the bilateral level.

However, he does not agree that the majority vote carries some responsibility for the loss of the Yanukovych government, though the American Ambassador has really made its contribution to this. “The role of ambassadors of the United States is a completely different character. They largely determine the General direction of action in the host country. In many cases, they coordinate the work of special services and personally participate in various special operations. In Russia, the practice and tradition is completely different. Separately present the position of Ambassador as the representative of the Russian Federation, separate special services work… So here are difficult to compare. But the role of the American Ambassador in the anti-constitutional coup in Ukraine is obvious and known,” – said Grigoriev.

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