Matti Maasikas will become the new ambassador of the European Union in Ukraine. Yevropeiska Pravda outlet wrote this June 19.
The Estonian diplomat will assume the office in autumn, replacing the incumbent Ambassador Hugh Mingarelli. It is a planned rotation, which has nothing to do with the European or Ukrainian election.
Maasikas previously served as the Estonian Ambassador in Finland; then, he was appointed as the chief foreign diplomat in Russia. However, he never assumed this office as he was appointed Secretary General in the Estonian Foreign Ministry. In 2011-2016, Maasikas chaired the Estonian representation office in the EU. Currently, he serves as the Deputy Foreign Minister of Estonia.
The Estonian diplomat supports the EU's tough approach to Russia. He does not recognize the occupied Crimea part of Russia.
Current ambassador Mingarelli became the EU ambassador in Ukraine in July 2016.