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Russia’s former ambassador to Syria appointed as special representative to Minsk Contact Group

President of Russia Vladimir Putin has appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Azamat Kulmuhametov as Russia’s special representative at the trilateral contact group on Ukraine reconciliation.

 “To entrust Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Ambassador at Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Kulmuhametov Azamat Rakhmetovich with a duty of an Acting Special Representative of the Russian Federation in the contact group on the Ukrainian reconciliation," according to the president’s decree posted on Kremlin's website today, on April 27.

Azamat Kulmuhametov has occupied various diplomatic posts at the Central Staff of the USSR foreign ministry, Russian foreign ministry and abroad. He worked at the USSR embassies is Syria, Egypt, Jordan. In the period from 2003 to 2008, Kulmuhametov was Russia’s Ambassador to Kuwait, in 2011-2014 – to Syria.

As EADaily reported earlier, the last meeting of the contact group was in Minsk on Feb 12 2015. Afterwards, the sides announced the so-called ‘truce,’ which tangibly reduced the intensity of the military actions, but did not stop the conflict. According to the Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic intelligence armies, Kiev is actively preparing for offensive along with continuous shelling and provocations. 

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