Kislyak named Russian envoy to U.S.

July 29, 2008 at 11:30 AM
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MOSCOW, July 29 (UPI) -- Sergei Kislyak, Russia's negotiator on Iranian nuclear issues, has been appointed ambassador to the United States, officials said Tuesday.

President Dmitry Medvedev named Kislyak as U.S. ambassador Tuesday, RIA Novosti reported. Kislyak, 57, had been leading the Russian delegation at the six-party Iran denuclearization talks. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced he will replace current U.S. ambassador Yury Ushakov.

Kislyak's resume is that of a veteran diplomat and includes service in the Foreign Ministry since 1977. He was formerly the Soviet envoy to the United Nations and the United States, and headed the ministry's security and disarmament department from 1995 to 1998. RIA Novosti also noted Kislyak served as ambassador to Belgium and NATO from 1998 to 2003.

Ushakov held the U.S. ambassadorship for nearly nine years. He quit the job in early June and joined the government staff under new Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the news service said.

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