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Azerbaijan Blocks Russian Choice for New Ambassador

The Russian embassy in Baku. Chilly relations could be ahead for Azerbaijan and Russia after Azerbaijan blocked Moscow's nominee for its new ambassador to Baku. (photo: Russian Embassy in Baku)

Azerbaijan has rejected Russia's nominee for its new ambassador to Baku, further complicating the difficult ties between the two neighbors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 27 recalled his ambassador to Azerbaijan, Vladimir Dorokhin, who has served in the post since 2009. Dorokhin's presumed successor, Giorgi Zuyev, was nominated in July, apparently without controversy. 

But now it has emerged that Baku has blocked Zuyev's appointment, an unusual move that the generally Russia-friendly news site Regnum.ru says puts the two countries "on the edge of a diplomatic scandal." 

It's not clear why Zuyev -- currently the head of the MFA's human resources department -- has been blocked. The government-connected news site haqqin.az reported, citing an official from the Russian Foreign Ministry, that it was because of Zuyev's "clearly expressed pro-Armenian position."

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