Communist Party proposes to consider resignation of Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov

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CPRF deputies believe that Mikhail Zurabov’s activities did not help prevent trends towards anti-Russian sentiment in the neighboring country and the Maidan commotions.

The State Duma deputies from the CPRF Valery Rashkin and Sergey Obukhov ask the Russian Foreign Ministry to offer the Russian President to dismiss Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov.

The corresponding deputy’s request, the text of which is available to RIA Novosti, will be sent to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The deputies say that Zurabov was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Ukraine in 2009, but his work over the last years did not help prevent trends towards anti-Russian sentiment in the neighboring country and the Maidan commotions.

“We ask you to consider making proposals to the President of Russia, relating to personnel changes with regard to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov,” says the deputies’ request to Lavrov.

According to Rashkin and Obukhov, experts not only seriously criticize Zurabov’s activities, but often consider them a failure of Russian policy in Ukraine.

“Certain analogies may be drawn with Mr. Zurabov’s monetizing benefits (at that time he headed the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation), which resulted in Russian citizens’ protests,” write deputies.

In their opinion, Zurabov’s passive work led “to the absence of Russia and Russians’ interests advocacy in Ukraine”, while the US Ambassador to Ukraine was respected by Ukrainian politicians.

Text and pictures by RIA Novosti