By empty (2/21/2003 issue of the CACI Analyst)Russia has created the position of ambassador for Islamic issues, and Veniamin Popov has been named to this post. Popov is a former Soviet ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. More recently, he headed the Russian delegation to negotiations on a cooperation agreement with Moldova.
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