Russian President Vladimir Putin has relieved Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko of his duties, with a relevant decree published on the official legal information portal.

“To relieve Yakovenko Alexander Vladimirovich from his duties of the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” the decree read.

The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom said on Saturday that Yakovenko had departed to Russia after relinquishing his duties.

Yakovenko was appointed as the ambassador to the United Kingdom in 2011.

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