Kremlin requests Kyiv’s consent to appoint Babich Russian ambassador to Ukraine, - Peskov

Russian authorities claim that they have requested Ukraine’s consent to the appointment of Mikhail Babich Russia's ambassador to Ukraine.

This was stated by spokesperson for the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, Censor.NET reports citing TASS.

"I do not know (whether Kyiv has given consent to the appointment of Babich the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ukraine), but we have requested the agrement," Peskov said.

"The necessary diplomatic procedures, including the receipt of an agrement, are being currently implemented," he added.

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Mikhail Babich currently holds the post of presidential envoy in the Volga Federal District. Babich hailed from the security forces. He served in the Airborne Troops and KGB, and also headed Antey Corporation. He was the assistant head of the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service (FSB) for a short period of time. Babich was a deputy of the State Duma between 2003 and 2011.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n399668