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MOSCOW, February 17. /ITAR-TASS/. President Vladimir Putin on Monday, February 17, signed a decree appointing Gennady Ovechko Russia’s permanent representative to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Ovechko was born on June 14, 1967 in Nikolayev, Ukraine. He is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and was awarded the rank of envoy extraordinary and plenipotentiary, 1st class, on May 8, 2013.
He worked as first secretary of the Second Department of Asia in the Russian Foreign Ministry and then as minister counselor at the Russian Embassy in Japan.
On February 2, 2011, he was appointed ambassador at large.
Since March 29, 2011, Ovechko worked as Russian senior official at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and was a member of the organising committee for Russia’s APEC presidency in 2012.
Ovechko is minister counselor at the Russian Embassy in Japan and head of the Foundation for the Development of Relations with Middle East and North African Countries.