Aug 24, 20:15
The Kremlin called the reason for the resignation of the Russian ambassador in London
According to the presidential spokesman, the return of Alexander Yakovenko to Russia was the result of a regular rotation. Earlier, sources explained the upcoming change of ambassador by the deterioration of relations between Moscow and London
Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov commented on the departure of Alexander Yakovenko from the post of Russian ambassador to the UK. According to Peskov, we are talking about the usual rotation of personnel.
“This is the usual rotation of the heads of diplomatic missions,” TASS quoted Peskov as saying. When asked whether Yakovenko’s resignation from his post was associated with a deterioration in relations between Russia and the UK, the spokesman for the head of state answered in the negative, the agency adds.
The Russian Embassy in the UK on Saturday reported that Yakovenko completed his diplomatic mission and left for Russia. Counselor-Envoy Ivan Volodin became the charge d'affaires of the embassy. The reasons for the personnel changes in the Russian embassy were not reported.
RBC and Kommersant sources announced the change of the Russian ambassador to the UK back in April this year. The interlocutors of the newspaper associated it with the deterioration of relations between Moscow and London. According to them, because of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the post of ambassador was considered “very toxic,” and now the heads of departments of the Russian foreign ministry are being considered instead of candidates at the level of deputy foreign minister, as, for example, with Yakovenko himself .
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