President Joe Biden will nominate Lynne Tracy to serve as the US’ new ambassador to Russia, CNN reported on Wednesday. John Sullivan has been in this role since 2019. Tracy’s nomination will succeed Tracy. This is a historic moment in Washington-Moscow relations.
CNN cited anonymous sources in reporting Tracy’s apparent appointment, with the State Department declining to comment. Russia will need to approve Tracy’s nomination. CNN pointed out that the approval of a host nation is often given before the official announcement.
Tracy is currently serving as the US’ ambassador to Armenia. A Russian speaker, she served as the deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Moscow between 2014 and 2017, a post that made her Washington’s number two diplomat in Russia.
Tracy will take over the role of ambassador to Russia if he is confirmed. John Sullivan was outgoing ambassador to Russia in 2019 and departed from Moscow this month. In June, Sullivan acknowledged that Washington and Moscow had fallen apart due to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. He added that any constructive cooperation between these countries is unlikely to happen in the short-term.
Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister accuses NATO of engaging in a war against Russia “war by proxy”Biden promises to arm Ukraine and continue fighting Russia in Ukraine “as long as it takes,” relations between Moscow and Washington are currently at one of the lowest points in history.
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