Vladimir Chizhov has been Russia's representative to the EU since 2005. Against the backdrop of deteriorating relations with the West, he announced the “completion of the business trip” (max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
Russian President Vladimir Putin by his decree released Vladimir Chizhov from the post of Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union. The document was published on the website of legal acts.
“Release Chizhov Vladimir Alekseevich from the duties of the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community in Brussels, the Kingdom of Belgium”, — says the document.
On plans for retiring and “completing a business trip” Chizhov, 68, said earlier. “I am no longer comfortable acting as a living monument to the strategic partnership between Russia and the EU,” — the diplomat told reporters on 12 September. He noted that during his “farewell visits” told his European colleagues that “burning bridges is much easier than rebuilding them later.”
As early as July 25, he became a candidate for the post of senator from Karelia. On September 11, elections of the head of the region were held in the republic, according to the law, during registration, candidates propose their three candidates for the post of senator. Chizhov was a candidate for senator from the executive branch of the current head of Karelia, Artur Parfenchikov, who won the election.
Chizhov has been Russia's permanent representative to the EU since 2005. He is a graduate of MGIMO. He began his diplomatic career in 1976. He worked in the central office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as in the embassies of the USSR and Russia in Greece and Cyprus. He held senior positions in various departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: he was Russia's special representative for the Cyprus settlement and the Balkans, director of the department for pan-European cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from 2002 to 2005 he was deputy minister of foreign affairs.
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