The US Senate confirms the appointment of a female ambassador to Russia

The US Senate on Wednesday (December 21) confirmed the appointment of a Russian-speaking career diplomat as US ambassador to Moscow, amid heightened tensions with Russia since the launch of its offensive in Ukraine. The Senate voted 93 to 2 to nominate Lynne Tracy, current US Ambassador to Armenia and former number two at the US Embassy in Moscow. She is the first woman to occupy this strategic position.

Lynne Tracy has also served in the former Soviet republics of Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. She was also, from 2006 to 2009, the top US diplomat in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, where she survived an attack by gunmen on her official car.

The confirmation vote came before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed Congress on his first trip abroad since the Russian invasion in February. “Even if Putin continues this brutal war, the United States needs an ambassador who can represent us in Moscowsaid Sen. Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Lynne Tracy”has the courage to fulfill his duties to a hostile government and represent America outside the walls of the Kremlinhe told the Senate. She will replace John Sullivan, who was appointed by Donald Trump and retired in September.

Russian-American relations are going through one of the worst crises in their history with the Kremlin’s offensive in Ukraine, a country since then massively supported by the administration of Democratic US President Joe Biden with arms deliveries and economic aid. But the two countries still maintained discreet channels and negotiated two exchanges of prisoners.

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