White House Names Candidate for US Ambassador to Russia

For the post of US Ambassador to Russia, US President Joe Biden will nominate Lynn Tracy, who is now Ambassador to Armenia. The previous ambassador, John Sullivan, left his post early and left Russia in early September

Lynn Tracy

US President Joe Biden will nominate Lynn Tracy for the post of US Ambassador to Russia, the White House reports. She is now head of the US Legation in Armenia.

“Lynn M. Tracy is a Senior Foreign Service Staff Officer, Career Minister Class, and is currently the US Ambassador to Armenia,”— the message says.

Tracy may become the first woman to lead the US diplomatic mission in Russia. After the nomination by the President, it must be approved by the Senate, and then— Russian government. Foreign Policy magazine, citing sources, wrote that the appointment of a new ambassador may be delayed “due to the toxic condition”; relations between Moscow and Washington. According to the interlocutors of the publication, the Russian side is unlikely to quickly approve the appointment of a new ambassador.

The White House indicated that Tracy received a bachelor's degree in Soviet studies (Soviet studies) and a doctorate in law. Prior to her trip to Yerevan, she was Senior Advisor for Russian Affairs at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs of the US Department of State.

From 2014 to 2017, Tracy served as deputy head of the US diplomatic mission in Moscow (John Tefft was the ambassador at the time). She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Asia in the State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (2012-2014) and U.S. Deputy Ambassador to Turkmenistan (2010-2011). He has an honorary award for his work as Deputy Head of Mission in Moscow, speaks Russian.

The fact that Lynn Tracy could head the US mission in Russia was reported by Kommersant a week earlier. The previous US ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, left his post ahead of schedule in early September due to the serious illness of his wife. Until the arrival of the new head of the diplomatic mission, the duties of charge d'affaires will be performed by Elizabeth Rud.

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US State Department after Sullivan's departure from Moscow said that it is now extremely important to maintain diplomatic contacts with Russia. The representative of the department explained that the ambassador's departure became part of a routine diplomatic rotation and that his successor would be announced in the near future.

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