Russian Ambassador may receive “pumpkin” in Kyiv

14:01, 22 January 2010
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Arrival of new Ambassador of Russia in Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov threatens to develop into a diplomatic scandal.

According to “Kommersant” newspaper, the Secretariat of the President is about to advise the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine not to accept copies of the credentials from Mr. Zurabov, because, according to information of Kyiv, the credentials do not specify the Ukrainian President’s name, whom they are to be presented to.

According to the diplomatic practice, on arrival in Kyiv Mikhail Zurabov is to visit the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine first of all and present the copies of the credentials. After that he is allowed to get down to work of Ambassador de-facto. But he becomes the Ambassador de-jure after presenting the credentials to the President.

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