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Russia approves new US ambassador with ties at historic low

Moscow has agreed to welcome a new U.S. ambassador, a senior Russian diplomat, at the most difficult time in US-Russia relations in recent years. Said Thursday.

US President Joe Biden this week nomination Lynn Tracy, a career diplomat with extensive experience in Moscow and the post-Soviet region, is the next ambassador to Russia.

Tracy, who speaks Russian and is currently the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, will succeed John Sullivan, who left Moscow. end of his term Early September.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters that Moscow formally agreed to Tracy’s appointment, according to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.

If the U.S. Senate approves her nomination, Tracy will become the first woman to lead a U.S. mission to Russia.

About seven months after invading Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin is threatening a nuclear attack on the West as his army faces heavy losses.

The United States and its European allies have imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia and supplied billions of dollars worth of weapons and supplies to Ukraine after Russia invaded its pro-Western neighbor.

The Kremlin this summer condemned the poor state of bilateral relations, with Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying that “there is no dialogue between the United States and Russia”.

“Right now there is practically no relationship. We are now in a very intense phase of conflict,” said Peskov. Said Reporter in June.

According to RIA Novosti, Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov told reporters on Thursday that “there are no signs of improvement”.

Elisabeth Ruud, Deputy Resident Representative to Moscow, has been in charge of the embassy since Sullivan’s sudden departure. sudden death His wife was released from cancer earlier this month.

Tracy was the second official at the US Embassy in Moscow from 2014 to 2017.

Prior to posts in Russia and Armenia, Tracy served on US diplomatic missions in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.



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