“It is not done to say unfavourably about a predecessor according to our diplomatic practice. I am not going to evaluate his acts. Only time will tell – how he was right or not”, - Mr. Svetlichiy said.
Furthermore, he commented statements of the Majlis of Crimean Tatar nation on their intentions to monitor his activity and expressions: “I come here not to play “cops and robbers”, do you understand? I shall not watch over somebody. I do not think if any organization will watch over somebody, this will assist to normal relations”.
It would be recollected that the previous consul Vladimir Andryeyev had to resign after he accused the Crimean Tatars of treachery during the World War II. The Russia’s MFA had to disavow the statements of their diplomat in order to dampen down this conflict.
The Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has appointed the new Consul General in Aqmescit: Vyacheslav Svetlichniy who served earlier in the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Tajikistan. The Russian foreign office insists a replacement of their consul general does not connect with the conflict between the previous consul and the Crimean Tatars.