New Delhi, January 13
Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Denis Alipov, the hand of old India, as the new envoy to India.
Nikolay Kudashev, who was the Russian envoy to India since October 2017, has been transferred to a relatively insignificant position as ambassador to Singapore.
Alipov was Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) during Alexander Kadakin’s tenure as Ambassador to the Russian Embassy in New Delhi and most recently Acting Director of the Second Asia Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Meanwhile, the process of appointing a new US ambassador to India went a step further after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the nomination of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. His case will now go before the full Senate. Garcetti was named India’s new envoy in July last year.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called it a “huge problem”. Under the Biden administration, only 16 percent of ambassadors have been confirmed, while at this point in the previous three administrations, the percentage was between 70 and 90.