The main candidate for the position of permanent representative of Russia in United Nations (UN) is Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, Vasily Nebenzia, according to “Kommersant”, citing four independent sources in government agencies.
Earlier, on 14 March, “RIA Novosti” with reference to its sources in the Parliament said that the main candidate for this position was the current permanent representative of Russia to NATO Alexander Grushko. Data about what Grushko regarded as the main candidate on a post of the Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, on the same day confirmed the “Kommersant” sources close to the Kremlin and the foreign Ministry. He Grushko in an interview with “Kommersant” said, “don’t believe the hype”.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin has not yet decided on the candidacy to the post of permanent representative of Russia to the UN.
Vassily Nebenzia was born in 1962.
Graduated from MGIMO in 1983. Working in the foreign Ministry since 1983. He held various positions in the Central apparatus of the Ministry and abroad. Fluent in English and Spanish.
From June 2013 Vassily Nebenzia holds the post of Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov.
The position of Ambassador became vacant after the death of the permanent representative of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin, who died in new York on 20 February, the day of his 65th birthday. The diplomat held the post of permanent representative since April 2006. The funeral of Vitaly Churkin held on Troekurov cemetery in Moscow on February 24.
Currently, the interim attorney of Russia to the UN became the first Deputy Churkin, Pyotr Ilyich.
Among other candidates for the position of Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, the interlocutors of “Kommersant” earlier it was called the head of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev, Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov, Russia’s permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov and the head of the Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova. However, the paper notes, none of the versions has not been confirmed.