25 Feb 2020 15:31

Russia appoints first trade representative to Ukraine since 2012

MOSCOW. Feb 25 (Interfax) - Andrei Babko, who served as the Russian trade representative to Armenia from 2013, will now be the Russian trade representative to Ukraine.

The relevant government order has been published in the official online database of legal information.

The position of Russian trade representative to Ukraine has been vacant since February 2012, when the former envoy, Sergei Ivanov, retired. Sergei Solomin has been the acting trade representative since then.

Babko was born in the Amur region in 1958. He graduated from the Far East State University in 1980 with a degree in Oriental philological studies and earned a degree in law with the same university in 2005.

Babko served as deputy chairman of the Primorye Chamber of Commerce and Industry for external relations in 1997 and as Russian deputy trade representative to China from 2005 to 2011.

Another government order appointed Anna Donchenko as the new Russian trade representative to Armenia.