The new Ambassador of Russia in Turkey: a skilled diplomat and a brilliant Arabist

© Photo : The Bosphorus/Metin Abusalama Erchov. Archive photoThe new Ambassador of Russia in Turkey: a skilled diplomat and a brilliant Arabist© Photo : the Bosphorus/Metin Akbash

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday appointed Alexei Erchov the new Ambassador of Russia in Turkey. Erchov worked as General Consul of the Russian Federation in Istanbul, and Director of the situational crisis center of the foreign Ministry.

Russian experts say that the appointment Erchova is optimal, the diplomat is a well as the specifics of the country and middle East region in General.

The previous Ambassador Andrei Karlov was killed in December of last year in Ankara for the opening of the exhibition. The offender fired several shots in the back of the Ambassador, the wounds proved fatal. As a result of police operations the assailant was killed.

Erchov previously served as Consul General of Russia in Istanbul, and later the Director of the Department of the situational crisis center of the foreign Ministry. Has the rank of extraordinary and Plenipotentiary envoy of 1 class.

A brilliant Arabist and Turkologist

In addition to the work of the General Consul in Istanbul, erhov spent a lot of time on mission in the middle East, particularly in Syria and Egypt. Deputy Chairman of the Association of Russian diplomat Andrey Baklanov called him well-trained professional and noted the outstanding knowledge of the Arabic language.

«He is very strong Arabist, knows very well the language. Knows the dialects, primarily Egyptian. It was easy for him to maintain such intensive contacts and facilitated the obtaining of information, its rapid analysis,» said RIA Novosti Cormorants, who met many times in the diplomatic service since Erowyn.

According to Baklanov, while working at the Russian Embassy in Egypt erchov well established business contacts.

«To him great respect, the foreign representatives of the diplomatic corps in the host country. As a result, he very well oriented in what is happening, and participated in the preparation of relevant information, suggestions for Moscow», — said the Agency interlocutor.

The head of the international Federation Council Committee Konstantin Kosachev in an interview with RIA Novosti also noted the high professional quality of Alexei Erchov.

«Brilliant professional, highly educated diplomat and a very experienced expert. Know him for many years with the best hand and I am sincerely glad his current appointment» — said Kosachev.

Subsequently Argov was appointed Director of the Department of the situational crisis center of the foreign Ministry. According to Baklanova, he was nominated for the post, as he was one of the diplomats who served in countries with complex political and military situation in Erowe the Department has implemented electronic means to the Russian citizens could quickly and reliably resolve issues that arise, primarily in the field of security.

The optimal solution

According to Baklanova, the appointment Erchova is optimal, such an experienced diplomat will be difficult to surprise in the work.

«So to sum up, the decision on nomination as Ambassador to such a complex country, which is Turkey, is a decision which personally appeals to me. I think his figure, in spite of the existence of a sufficiently large number of applicants for this kind of post is optimal», — said Baklanov.

He added that Turkey is a country very difficult, but Argov had been there many years and «very good, the subject is the specificity, which has policy, and the actions of political figures» Turkey is familiar with most those people who are in power and business structures of the country.