Kiev: Ukraine`s new President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday nominated as foreign minister his envoy to negotiations with Russia on the implementation of an OSCE-drafted peace plan for the separatist east.
Ukraine`s Parliament said the president`s office had submitted Pavlo Klimkin`s name for its approval on Wednesday morning. It is expected to vote on his candidacy later this week.
The 46-year-old will replace acting foreign minister Andriy Deshchytsya, who became embroiled in controversy over the weekend when he called Russian President Vladimir Putin "a prick" while trying to restrain protesters who attacked Moscow`s embassy compound in Kiev.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded by saying that he would not speak to Deshchytsya again.
Klimkin was Born in the city of Kursk, now part of Russia. He studied at the Department of Space Studies and Aerophysics at Moscow`s Institute of Physics and Technology, graduating in 1991, the year the Soviet Union collapsed.
He joined Ukraine`s foreign ministry in 1993, serving both in Kiev and at the embassies in Germany and the United Kingdom.
In 2008 he became the foreign ministry`s point man on negotiations with the European Union, and from 2010 to 2012, he was deputy minister of foreign affairs.
In June 2012, he was appointed Ukrainian ambassador to Germany.
Analysts said his long experience at the ministry, including at a time when Poroshenko served as Ukraine`s top diplomat, likely propelled him to his current position.