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Lukashenko appoints ambassadors to China, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland

13 April 2006

MINSK, Apr 13 - Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko has appointed new ambassadors to China, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland and reshuffled top and senior officials in his administration and major companies, the press service of the head of state said in a statement.

 Anatoly Tozik, the former State Control Committee chief, has been appointed ambassador to China; Alexander Gerasimenko, the former deputy foreign minister, has been appointed ambassador to Latvia, and Vladimir Drazhin, the former deputy premier, has been appointed ambassador to Lithuania and Finland.

 Lukashenko noted that the key task for all ambassadors was to increase trade turnover.

 Lukashenko added that China, together with Russia, was the direction of the “main effort” of this country in its foreign policy.

 As for relations with the Baltic States, Lukashenko said there was a considerable economic interest. “Certain politicians are often carried away, but business tells them where to get off,” Lukashenko said, quoted by his press service.

 Lukashenko also appointed Leonid Anfimov deputy head of the Presidential Administration supervising economic issues and Dmitry Bulakhov presidential aide and representative of the president in the National Assembly. Anfimov used to work as the deputy chief of the State Control Committee, and Bulakhov was the first deputy chairman of the CIS Executive Committee.

 Besides, Lukashenko appointed Dmitry Katerinich general director of the open joint stock company Belshina, and Alexander Shamashov general director of one of Belarus’ largest petrochemical companies Polimir.

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