ANKARA, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Russia's new ambassador to Turkey Alexei Yerkhov submitted his credentials to the Turkish president on Thursday, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Yerkhov at the presidential complex in Ankara.
Russia appointed the new envoy on June 19, under a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin, to replace Andrey Karlov who was assassinated at an opening of an art gallery in Ankara last December, according to the report.
Putin described the shooting as a "provocation" designed to undermine bilateral ties.
Alexei Yerkhov was born on Oct. 28, 1960. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1983, and started his political career as a diplomat in 1996.
Yerkhov served as the Russian Consul General in Istanbul during the period of 2009 to 2015.
From 2015 to 2017, he was the head of Russian Foreign Ministry's Crisis Management Center.