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Deputies approved Zurabov ambassador to Ukraine

June 25 2009

The candidacy of the former head of Health Minister Mikhail Zurabov as ambassador of Russia in Ukraine supported the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs and Relations with compatriots. Told reporters after a meeting of his committee head Alexei Ostrovsky.

Zurab proved himself a practical man and tough managers in positions previously occupied, and these qualities are necessary today in the Russian-Ukrainian relations, "- said Ostrowski.

He added that "the closeness and nonpublic" Zurabov is a significant plus for the new diplomat, because "public statements by some ambassadors of the Russian Federation is often compounded by their activities in host countries." State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov said that the qualities that have Zurabov - "communication, a good memory, ability to turn out of any situation - perfect for work in Ukraine."

Ambassadorial appointments are made to the Federal Assembly of the Russian president and approved by the committees of the State Duma and Federation Council. Then signed a decree appointing the head of state. On the eve of nomination Zurabov has already supported the Committee on CIS Affairs of the Federation Council.

Mikhail Zurabov, now is an adviser to the president, will succeed in Kiev, Viktor Chernomyrdin. June 11 "heavyweight" of Russian policy of ex-premier Viktor Chernomyrdin was dismissed from his post as ambassador and appointed adviser to the President. It is mandated to the Special Representative of the President on economic cooperation with CIS states.

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