29 Jan 2020 19:05

Kazakh Deputy FM Kosherbayev appointed ambassador to Russia

NUR-SULTAN. Jan 29 (Interfax) - Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has appointed Ermek Kosherbayev, a former deputy foreign minister, Kazakhstan's ambassador to Russia, the presidential press service said.

"Ermek Bedelbayevich Kosherbayev has been appointed the Republic of Kazakhstan's ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Russian Federation," it said.

The president also relieved Kosherbayev of his duties as deputy foreign minister of Kazakhstan.

Tokayev had signed a decree in December 2019 on relieving Imangali Tasmagambetov of his duties as Kazakhstan's ambassador to Russia due to reaching a retirement age.

Tasmagambetov, 63, had served as ambassador to Russia since February 2017. In previous years, he had been deputy prime minister, education minister, a presidential aide, a regional administration head, mayor of Kazakhstan's capital, and once headed the government.