The Russian presidential aide on foreign policy issues Yuri Ushakov refused to comment on rumours about his impending resignation from this post.
“I do not comment on rumors, and generally in the administration (the President) is not accepted comment on rumors”, – quotes RIA “Novosti” response Ushakov to journalists when asked to comment on recent media information that he will soon leave his post, and it can take place of the current press Secretary of Vladimir Putin Dmitry Peskov.
He previously Peskov called the information published by”Kommersant”, “pure rumors”, comment that he did not intend. This Peskov said that the resignation Ushakov “no signs”.
In the publication “Kommersant” said that in March 2017. marks 70 years old and he can continue his career as Ambassador in a European country, and the Kremlin, meanwhile, is actively looking for a replacement. According to the publication, in addition to Peskov, this post also considers the candidacy of Ambassador of Russia in China Andrei Denisov, and some high-ranking employees of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Ushakov is a current post from may 21, 2012. Prior to that, he worked for four years as the Deputy chief of staff in the government under the leadership of Putin, where he oversaw the international agenda of the head of the Cabinet.
Later, some foreign media called Ushakova “direct channel of communication with Vladimir Putin”. So, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet cited him as one of the officials engaged in secret diplomacy to resolve the conflict between Moscow and Ankara after the Turkish air force was shot down in Syria, the Russian bomber su-24 in November 2015. Supposedly, Ushakov gave a letter of apology to the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan Vladimir Putin, after which relations between the two countries began to thaw.