Biden formally appoints new ambassador to Russia

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Peter Kavinsky

President Joe Biden on Tuesday formally named a veteran foreign service officer with years of experience in Russian affairs to be the next US ambassador to Russia.

The White House announced the appointment of Lynne Tracy, the current US ambassador to Armenia, to the post after the Russian government approved the choice. Tracy’s choice had been known for some time, but hadn’t been announced until Russia’s approval. Ambassador appointments must be approved by the host government in accordance with the rules of diplomatic protocol.

Such approval is generally routine, but cannot be taken for granted at a time of particularly tense US-Russia relations over Ukraine, the detention of Americans in Russia, allegations of Russian meddling in the US and other elections, and a growing spat over the embassy personnel in Washington and Moscow.

Tracy, who speaks Russian, previously served as a senior adviser for Russian affairs at the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and as deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Moscow. She has also held various positions in Central and South Asia.

Former US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan departed earlier this month in a departure that was expected this fall but was accelerated by the failing health of his wife, who died a day after his return.

Tracy is well regarded in diplomatic circles. She received a State Department Heroism Award from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday formally named a veteran foreign service officer with years of experience in Russian affairs to be the next US ambassador to Russia.

The White House announced the appointment of Lynne Tracy, the current US ambassador to Armenia, to the post after the Russian government approved the choice. Tracy’s choice had been known for some time, but hadn’t been announced until Russia’s approval. Ambassador appointments must be approved by the host government in accordance with the rules of diplomatic protocol.

Such approval is generally routine, but cannot be taken for granted at a time of particularly tense US-Russia relations over Ukraine, the detention of Americans in Russia, allegations of Russian meddling in the US and other elections, and a growing spat over the embassy personnel in Washington and Moscow.

Tracy, who speaks Russian, previously served as a senior adviser for Russian affairs at the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and as deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Moscow. She has also held various positions in Central and South Asia.

Former US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan departed earlier this month in a departure that was expected this fall but was accelerated by the failing health of his wife, who died a day after his return.

Tracy is well regarded in diplomatic circles. She received a State Department Heroism Award from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday formally named a veteran foreign service officer with years of experience in Russian affairs to be the next US ambassador to Russia.

The White House announced the appointment of Lynne Tracy, the current US ambassador to Armenia, to the post after the Russian government approved the choice. Tracy’s choice had been known for some time, but hadn’t been announced until Russia’s approval. Ambassador appointments must be approved by the host government in accordance with the rules of diplomatic protocol.

Such approval is generally routine, but cannot be taken for granted at a time of particularly tense US-Russia relations over Ukraine, the detention of Americans in Russia, allegations of Russian meddling in the US and other elections, and a growing spat over the embassy personnel in Washington and Moscow.

Tracy, who speaks Russian, previously served as a senior adviser for Russian affairs at the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and as deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Moscow. She has also held various positions in Central and South Asia.

Former US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan departed earlier this month in a departure that was expected this fall but was accelerated by the failing health of his wife, who died a day after his return.

Tracy is well regarded in diplomatic circles. She received a State Department Heroism Award from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday formally named a veteran foreign service officer with years of experience in Russian affairs to be the next US ambassador to Russia.

The White House announced the appointment of Lynne Tracy, the current US ambassador to Armenia, to the post after the Russian government approved the choice. Tracy’s choice had been known for some time, but hadn’t been announced until Russia’s approval. Ambassador appointments must be approved by the host government in accordance with the rules of diplomatic protocol.

Such approval is generally routine, but cannot be taken for granted at a time of particularly tense US-Russia relations over Ukraine, the detention of Americans in Russia, allegations of Russian meddling in the US and other elections, and a growing spat over the embassy personnel in Washington and Moscow.

Tracy, who speaks Russian, previously served as a Senior Adviser for Russian Affairs at the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Moscow. She has also held various positions in Central and South Asia.

Former US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan departed earlier this month in a departure that was expected this fall but was accelerated by the failing health of his wife, who died a day after his return.

Tracy is well regarded in diplomatic circles. She received a State Department Heroism Award from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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