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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zurabov Set to Start as Ambassador

Almost two months after the Russian ambassador to Ukraine retired, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry formally agreed Thursday on the appointment of Mikhail Zurabov as Moscow’s new envoy, RIA-Novosti reported.

Zurabov, a former health and social development minister in the Cabinet of then-President Vladimir Putin, will replace Viktor Chernomyrdin, a former prime minister under the late President Boris Yeltsin, who held the post until June 11.

To begin as ambassador, Zurabov needs to hand his credentials to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. It is not clear now when Yushchenko will accept Zurabov. Kommersant reported Thursday that Zurabov might wait until January 2010, when presidential elections will be held in Ukraine.

In 2001, it took one day for Chernomyrdin to go through all diplomatic procedures to start as ambassador.