Arti Hilpus appointed Estonia's next ambassador to Russia

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President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has appointed Arti Hilpus Estonia's next ambassador to Russia.

Along with the appointment, Ilves recalled the previous ambassador, Juri Luik, it appears from the president's website.

Hilpus has been working at the Foreign Ministry since 1996, including as the head of the personnel department and director of the EU foreign and security policy division.

He served as first secretary for political affairs in the Estonian embassy in Berlin from 2001-2004 and then headed the security policy division in the ministry's first political department. From 2009 Hilpus was Estonia's ambassador to Norway and Iceland.

Hilpus is concurrently accredited to Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Luik took over as head of the Tallinn-based International Center for Defense and Security on Aug. 1.