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    MOSCOW, December 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed First Deputy Foreign Minister Valery Loshchinin in order to transfer him to another position, the Kremlin press service said Monday.

    Putin appointed Loshchinin the permanent representative of Russia to the UN Office, the Disarmament Conference and other international organizations in Geneva. Diplomat Leonid Skotnikov previously held the post, the press service said.

    Skotnikov will be appointed Russia's representative to the International Court of Justice, the UN's highest judicial body.

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