Who is the new Russian ambassador to Romania?


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Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed a new ambassador to Bucharest on Tuesday,  namely Vladimir Lipaev, the former ambassador of Russia in Tallinn. He was expelled by the Estonian authorities in 2023, amid the diplomatic conflict with Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin officially released Valeri Kuzmin from the post of Russian ambassador to Romania on Tuesday.

In another decision, Putin appointed Vladimir Gheorghievici Lipaev as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Romania, official documents show.

Lipaev, born in 1959, worked for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1981. According to official data, he graduated from the Moscow Institute of International Relations and held positions both in the Russian capital and abroad, including in Norway and Germany, and speaks English, German and French.

Lipaev was appointed ambassador to Estonia at the end of 2021. In 2023, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it had downgraded diplomatic relations with Estonia and expelled the Estonian ambassador from the country.
The official reason behind this move was to “reduce the size of the Russian embassy in Tallinn”. The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded with the same measure, expelling the Russian ambassador Vladimir Lipaev, Novaia Gazeta reported.
The Russian Embassy in Bucharest announced last week that Valery Kuzmin ended his diplomatic mission and left for Moscow. Kuzmin was appointed ambassador to Romania on June 7, 2016.
It remains to be seen if Romania accept the new appointed Russian ambassador.
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