Ukrainian Foreign Ministry does not plan to completely sever relations with the Russian Federation
As previously reported by the media, Moscow asked Kiev to be appointed as ambassador to Mikhail Babich.
At the moment, the Ukrainian government does not plan to completely sever relations with Russia, Makeev said. "All the infrequent contacts that exist today in Russian-Ukrainian relations will be held through charge attorney Sergei Toropov," he said.
According to the diplomat, “now there are three million Ukrainians in Russia who need diplomatic assistance.”
“Every day, more than 300 Ukrainians seek consular assistance and legalization of documents at our consulate in Moscow. There are Ukrainians there, ”he added.
As for the discussion of the candidacy of the Russian ambassador, it can take place after passing through all diplomatic procedures.
“I don’t recall a case when on the front pages of all newspapers until the moment when the president of a state decides to appoint an ambassador, the candidacy of this ambassador was actively discussed,” said Makeev.
According to him, “public discussions carry reputational risks for the candidate and the country that offers it.” At the same time, Makeev added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine “has not yet received an agreman for the appointment of Babich”.
The Kremlin, in turn, stressed that "diplomatic missions in Kiev and Moscow should be headed at the ambassadorial level."
“This is our principled position,” said Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov.
He noted that “Babich is an experienced politician who is really committed to constructive work on resolving the many existing problems.”
He added that in Moscow they expect from Kyiv a “clear signal on their position”.
- Fotolia / joyt
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