Today MPs supported the candidacy of Mikhail Babich, presidential Plenipotentiary in the Volga Federal district, to the post of Ambassador of Russia in Ukraine. The biggest mystery is why the government’s going ahead with this replacement?
To call a sensation of Mikhail Zurabov’s resignation from the post of Ambassador — so much sin against the truth. If he was once successful as a representative of Russian interests in Kiev — however, on this account, there is no consensus, then those days are long gone. In short, the dismissal was expecting. More questions about candidacy mate Zurabov and the speed of its payment approval in committees of the Duma and the Federation Council.
Even before it was assumed that the new Ambassador will be approved by the newly elected Duma, that is already a deep autumn. So, anyway, said the Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots Leonid Slutsky.
Explain that according to the Constitution of the diplomatic representatives of the Russian Federation in foreign States and international organizations are appointed and recalled “after consultation with the relevant committees or the commissions of chambers of Federal meeting”. “Relevant”, or profile, in such cases, assignments of the ambassadors of the Russian Federation in the post-Soviet space — as a rule, is the Committee headed by Slutsky.
The Deputy, by the way, is out: accompanied by a delegation of French parliamentarians who went on a three-day visit to the Crimea. Apparently, the reason for the absence was recognized as valid. But colleagues Slutsky from the international Affairs Committee of the state Duma and the relevant division of SF have not regretted. The deputies had to interrupt their personal Affairs — who leave, who the campaign — in order to examine the President’s proposed candidate for the post of Russian envoy in Kiev. So, to the great amazement of the public, was Mikhail Babich, the current presidential envoy to the Volga Federal district. For all its very rich administrative experience nor any diplomatic work, or in a special relationship with the Square Mikhail Viktorovich still has not been noticed.
However, according to the Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS countries Vladimir Zharikhin, both these circumstances should, on the contrary, arising from the new appointee. “Given the peculiarities of Russian-Ukrainian relations, it is unlikely that this place would suit a career diplomat, says the expert. We need a political figure that would go directly to the President.
At the same time, well-known public politician who, so to speak, quite clearly positioned in relation to the events in Ukraine, also did not come to be. Ukraine simply would not give him the approval. Need someone from the political sphere, the man is quite tough and skillful, but at the same time not appear in this whole Ukrainian history”. And from the point of view of these criteria Babich fits perfectly.
Logical Zharikhin believes the timing of the diplomatic change of watch: “Apparently, waited to it was impossible to associate with any event, the removal of Zurabov did not look like a concession to pressure from the Ukrainian side.
Now not to say that Zurabov took off after something happened in Russian-Ukrainian relations: there are no events in the last time.” But in the absence of a temporal gap between the dismissal of an old Ambassador and a representation of the new said, according to the expert, that the candidacy of Mr. Babic was “stashed” for a long time: “there was that first withdrew, and then began to run around and find a replacement.”
First Deputy Chairman of state Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Kalashnikov Abraham is also not surprised: “I always believed that Zurabov, the Ambassador of the weak. In its place requires an energetic person”. However, the Kalashnikov is not yet ready to assess the adequacy of replacement: “let’s See how energetic you will be Babich. Time will tell.”
Somewhat different are seen in the MP and reasons for a prolonged stay Zurabov at the ambassadorial level. He explains the presence of Zurabov has influential patrons in the presidential administration. It is first and foremost about the assistant to the President Vladislav Surkov.
However, according to other information, Zurabov he was everything to her, how to escape from the “firing” position (but this information is quite trustworthy). But in any case, the matter could wait until the autumn. Moreover, according to information from Kiev, and the Ukrainian side, to put it mildly, not going to hurry with the results of the agrement. A former Ukrainian foreign Minister Konstantin Grishchenko said all that unrealistic — according to him, the Ukrainian side will not consent to the appointment of an Ambassador.
For reference: Ukraine does not have its Ambassador in Moscow for more than a year. A diplomatic mission headed by a chargé d’affaires. In General, why hurry is not clear. Then there is not that urgently needed to make room for someone the place of the Plenipotentiary of the President in PFO? Well, at least in relation to this version of clarity will come very soon.
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