Russia has asked Minsk agrement to the appointment of Mikhail Babich, presidential Plenipotentiary in the Volga Federal district, the Ambassador to Belarus. Deputies and senators will discuss his transition to diplomatic work next week
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The Belarusian authorities sent the documents to receipt of approval (provisional consent) for the appointment of Mikhail Babich, now representative of the President in Privolzhsky Federal district (PFO), Russian Ambassador to the country, told RBC a source close to the Kremlin. Translation Babich in the ambassadors he calls “hardware powerful man in the strategically important area”. The question on change of the Ambassador in Belarus has long been discussed and was on the agenda, told RBC source in one of the integration structures of the CIS.
The state Duma will discuss the candidacy of Mikhail Babich as the Ambassador of Russia in Belarus next week, told RBC a source in the leadership of the relevant Committee. According to him, the question of the appointment of Babich likely to be one of the topics of the meeting of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, 18 July.
In parallel, candidate Babych will be discussed in the appropriate Committee of the upper house, said the source close to the leadership of the Committee. According to him, the issue should be put on the agenda of the international Affairs Committee next week. So far the agenda of this question, said the source in the office of the Committee.
The Russian ambassadors appointed by the President of Russia on the approval of both houses of Parliament. In accordance with the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, to the appointment of an Ambassador decided to request host country approval on his appointment.
That the current Russian Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov is resigning informed the interlocutor of RBC, close to the Embassy in Minsk. 77-year-old Surikov, head of the Russian Embassy in Minsk for the past 12 years.
Babich did not answer calls to RBC.
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“Babich — people with a high level of confidence in the President, and if he is appointed Ambassador to a country that is Russia’s closest ally and with which Moscow hopes to expand cooperation, it would be quite logical,” — said the head of the holding “Minchenko consulting” Evgenie Minchenko. Foreign career, Babych was prepared long ago, he recalls, two years ago discussed his appointment as Ambassador to Ukraine, but Kiev did not give consent to the appointment, he recalls.
“The role of the Ambassador of Russia in Belarus is large enough, local political elite have become accustomed to Surikov, in recent years he tried to smooth out all the sharp corners in the relations between the two countries,” said RBC Belarusian political scientist, head of analytical projects information company BelaPAN Alexander Klaskouski.
When there were rumors about the appointment to the post of Ambassador of the “young and energetic” 49-year-old Mikhail Babich, went the supposition that he is called upon to undertake more active work in Minsk, he said. However, the work of the Embassy in Belarus, the specifics of bilateral relations, the most acute issues — for example, gas and agricultural products — are usually decided at the presidential level, said Klaskouski.
Close to the leadership of one of the national republics of the Volga Federal district the source of RBC describes Babich as a tough Manager. The head of “Political expert group” Konstantin Kalachev described him as a tough military man, who always achieves it’s aim and their mindset is similar to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. “But he was not a Martinet, his commitment does not prevent him to be flexible and reasonable, — the analyst. — He’s a powerful man with lots of connections, experience and skills, so if it is a charge — so it’s considered responsible direction. Perhaps Moscow will compete for the scheme of “good and bad COP”, where Babich will show in the negotiations of the usual stiffness, and then softening at the interface of the first persons and governments.”
That Babich will not be reassigned envoy in the Volga Federal district, and can lead the Russian Embassy in Belarus, at the end of June, reported “RIA Novosti”, citing a source familiar with the situation. To change the position of the Plenipotentiary can the former head of the Ministry Alexander Tkachev or Senator Lyubov Glebova, a former head of Rossotrudnichestvo, the Agency claimed.
Michael Babich holds the post of presidential envoy in Volga Federal district for the last seven years. The native of power structures, he served in the airborne troops and the KGB, led the Corporation “Antei”, was Deputy Prime Minister of the Moscow region and Ivanovo region. In 2002-2003 he headed the government of Chechnya. A while Babich was assistant chief of the Border service of the FSB, and from 2003 to 2011 — Deputy of the state Duma.
During the work of Babic in the Volga Federal district, the Kremlin decided not to renew the contract on differentiation of powers with Tatarstan. The presidential administration also did not concessions of the national republics, including the PFO and the study of minority languages in schools — they are voluntarily, and for the exclusion of Tatarstan Moscow do not.
To date, Babich remains the only one of the eight representatives, which is not included in the personnel of the presidential decrees of this year. In may 2018, presidential envoy to the far Eastern Federal district was reassigned Yuri Trutnev, who combines this position with the post of Deputy Prime Minister, and in late June, Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the reappointment or appointment of envoys in six Federal districts.