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Newsline: Ukraine postpones approval of new Russian ambassador

Ukraine is unwilling to accept a new ambassador from neighbouring Russia because of the “Russian aggression” in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said Thursday. “We need a positive dynamic to move forward. The question of personnel is only secondary,” Klimkin said in comments carried by the Interfax news agency. Last week, Russia‘s leadership dismissed former ambassador Mikhail Zurabov, who had been appointed in 2009. Media reports said he long wanted to resign from the burdensome post. Moscow has proposed that Mikhail Babich, currently an envoy for Russia‘s Volga federal district, become its new ambassador to Ukraine. “If Kiev is prepared to reduce diplomatic relations to this level, then it‘s their decision,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Kiev accuses Moscow of supplying separatists in eastern Ukraine with weapons and soldiers, a charge Moscow denies.



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