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Former Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov was appointed Russia’s Ambassador to France and Monaco by presidential decree on Monday, October 23. The 58-year-old diplomat replaces Aleksandr Orlov.
Mr Meshkov’s diplomatic career began in 1981. He’s fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. The vacant Deputy Foreign Minister’s seat will be taken by Aleksandr Pankin, the current head of the Department of International Organisations at the Foreign Ministry.
Born in 1959 in Moscow, Mr Meshkov’s graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) at the beginning of the 1980s and started working at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr Meshkov is well known in Western diplomatic circles for his outburst last year against a EU ban on issuing visas to Russians living in the Crimea, a move he described as “visa genocide”. He said that Eurocrats were making ordinary Russians hostages to a Western political agenda and claimed the move was a violation of human rights.
He added that European politicians wanted to force Crimeans to have a Ukrainian passport again – claiming the only reason was so citizens could “travel to Brussels”.
A second person has died from Covid-19 in Monaco. Meanwhile, the Principality’s Minister of State has fully recovered from the virus.
Now more than ever, health is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. On 7th April, we have an opportunity to thank the nurses and midwives of the Principality during World Health Day 2020.
Monaco’s support workers caring for the most vulnerable in the community are making heroic efforts to maintain vital ties to the elderly and disabled, whilst trying to remain safe themselves during the crisis.
Since confinement began on 18th March, the Monaco police force has made 11,000 traffic checks on drivers entering the Principality.