Putin appoints Rogozin as Russia's permanent envoy to NATO

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Moscow, Jan 10 (UNI) Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Dmitry Rogozin as Russia's permanent envoy to NATO in Brussels, replacing Konstantin Totsky, the Kremlin press service said today.

Mr Rogozin, an outspoken ''nationalist'' politician will address a Russia- NATO cooperation programme for 2008, the adoption of which the US blocked at the end of last year.

''Certainly, this will be one of Rogozin's priority problems in the new position,'' a Russian Foreign Ministry source told Interfax news agency.

The US blocked the adoption of the Russia-NATO cooperation programme for 2008 at a ministerial session of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels last December because of Russia's position on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), the source said.

Mr Rogozin, 44, is due to arrive in Brussels to assume his new post by the end of January.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, previously headed by Rogozin, unanimously approved him recently for the post of NATO envoy.

Mr Rogozin has also held the post of the presidential envoy to the Kaliningrad Region, a Russian enclave between Poland and Lithuania.

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