President Traian Basescu signed the decrees by which Vasile Soare, Andreaa Pastarnac, Ferdinand Nagy and Sorin Vasile were appointed Romanian ambassadors in the Russian Federation, Israel, Montenegro and Armenia, respectively. On 18 June, Vasile Soare received approval for the position of Romanian ambassador at Moscow from foreign policy Parliamentary commissions. Apart from being the executive officer of the Central Department for Eastern Europe and Central Asia within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Soare was also the Romanian ambassador in Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan and Tajikistan between 2002 and 2008. Andreea Pastarnac was ambassador in Cyprus between 2006 and 2011. The 45-year-old Pastarnac is currently CEO of the Central Department for Middle East and has previously held positions in the Ministry. With a career in diplomacy, she has a PhD in Hebrew studies and is fluent in English in French. Ferdinand Nagy has been general commissary for world exhibitions since 2009 and holds the position of undersecretary within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has previously been secretary general for the Ministry of SMEs between 2007 and 2009.