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Putin Appoints Education Minister As Envoy To Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Dmitry Livanov as the president's envoy on trade and economic ties with Ukraine.

Putin accepted Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's proposal to appoint Livanov at a working meeting at Belbek Airport in Sevastopol, on the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula, on August 19.

Livanov had served since 2012 as education minister.

Putin also agreed with Medvedev to appoint Olga Vasilyeva as Russia's new education minister. Vasilyeva was deputy chief of the presidential directorate for public projects.

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti and Interfax