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US President Biden nominates Lynne Tracy as new ambassador to Russia

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US President Biden nominates Lynne Tracy as new ambassador to Russia

US president Joe Biden has named Lynne Tracy as the brand new ambassador to Russia.

US president Joe Biden formally nominated Lynne Tracy as the brand new ambassador to Russia. (Photo: AP)

President Joe Biden on Tuesday formally nominated a veteran international service officer with years of expertise in Russian affairs to be the subsequent US ambassador to Russia.

The White House introduced the nomination of Lynne Tracy, the present US ambassador to Armenia, to the submit after the Russian authorities signed off on the selection.

Tracy’s choice had been recognized for a while however had not been introduced pending Russia’s approval. Ambassadorial nominations should be accepted by the host authorities below the foundations of diplomatic protocol.

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Such approval is mostly routine however couldn’t be taken without any consideration at a time of significantly fraught US-Russian relations over Ukraine, the detention of Americans in Russia, allegations of Russian meddling in US and different elections, and an escalating spat over the staffing of embassies in Washington and Moscow.

Tracy, who speaks Russian, beforehand served as a senior adviser for Russian affairs within the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, and because the deputy chief of mission on the US Embassy in Moscow. She additionally held a number of posts in Central and South Asia.

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The earlier US ambassador to Moscow, John Sullivan, left earlier this month, in an departure that had been anticipated this fall however was accelerated by the failing well being of his spouse, who died a day after his return.

Tracy is well-regarded inside diplomatic circles. She acquired a State Department heroism award from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009.

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