New US ambassador may arrive in Russia in coming days

Thu 28 September 2017 07:23 GMT | 11:23 Local Time

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Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, who is likely to become the next US ambassador to Russia, may fly to Moscow in coming days.

Sputnik International reports citing US diplomatic sources that the Republican moved closer to Senate approval on Tuesday when he received the endorsement from its Foreign Relations Committee.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov near the Russian Federation Council building, where he arrived to be considered for the position of Russian ambassador to the US.

Unnamed US sources told the Izvestiya newspaper that the 57-year-old hoped to move into the US embassy by October 3, in time for the next ceremony in the Kremlin where foreign diplomats present their credentials. Another opportunity will come up only in November.

US diplomats said Huntsman planned to arrive in Moscow by next Tuesday even with approval by the full Senate still pending, but his powers as an ambassador would be limited.

Jon Huntsman has held the position of the top US diplomat in Singapore and China and served as deputy US trade representative under President George W. Bush before becoming the governor of Utah in 2005.




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