Michael McFaul has welcomed President Barack Obama’s decision to nominate John Tefft to succeed him as the US ambassador to Russia.
US President Barack Obama officially nominated American diplomat John Francis Tefft for the post of US ambassador to Moscow. The White House said this on Thursday evening, announcing a number of personnel decisions made by the head of the American administration, reports RIA Novosti. The Kremlin confirmed permission to assign John Tefft as US ambassador to Russia.
Prosecutors in New York have rejected a request by a defense team to review the case of Russian pilot Konsantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a 20-year jail sentence, in view of illegal actions during his detention, lawyer Alexei Tarasov said Thursday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry does whatever it can to prevent the same scenario with Russian hacker Roman Seleznyov as it was with Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko and Russian businessman Viktor Bout, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Supremacy of Law, Konstantin Dolgov, told RIA Novosti. "There is high chance that we can face the same scenario, that's why we do our best to prevent this," Dolgov said.
The Kremlin has approved John Tefft's candidacy to become US ambassador to Russia, as proposed by Washington, said Russian presidential aide, Yury Ushakov. "Yes, agreement has been given," Ushakov told journalists at a news conference in Moscow. "This is a high-level diplomat, a professional diplomat," he said, adding that Tefft had worked in Russia before, knows the country and speaks Russian.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday congratulated his US counterpart Barack Obama on Independence Day and said Russia and the US share responsibility for maintaining global security and stability, and should cooperate for the benefit of the world.
While Russia has yet to approve the suggested candidacy for the vacant US ambassador post in the country, many wonder what should be expected from John F. Tefft, the currently retired career diplomat, but a former US Ambassador to Ukraine and Georgia.
The US has sent an official request to Moscow asking approval of John Tefft as the new US Ambassador to Russia, according to the Kommersant daily. "The White House has finally decided on its politics with regard to Russia. There will be no new reset, and in the remaining two and a half years Barack Obama's administration will be trying to minimize the cooperation with the Russian Federation," the paper quoted its source in the US Department of State.
…There is now a vast campaign of disinformation going on globally, as President Obama pursues his mad dream of American hegemony, and seeks to eliminate the one nation that stands in the way of American world domination. More tanks, guns, bombs, missiles, weapons of war, from the flailing Military Industrial Financial Complex, are now being sent to the oligarch puppet President of Ukraine, "Peter the Bloody," that he may continue to kill his own people. Philip Monroe, USA
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama will have a phone conversation on issues relating to the situation in Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria in the next few days, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov told reporters. Russian President will also continue to discuss the situation in Ukraine with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande over the phone in the coming days
US-Russia relations have reached a new low since the end of the Cold War, which is a huge disappointment for those who recognize how tension between these two world powers undermine global security and stability, says Edward Lozansky, President of the American University in Moscow and co-organizer of an upcoming roundtable in Washington that aims to brainstorm a solution to the problem.
The US have not yet found a way to refuse from Russian rocket engines for launching their military satellites, but is looking for such an opportunity, the Reuters Agency reported Friday with reference to Frank Kendall, head of the Pentagon program of purchasing arms.
Kiev is successfully blackmailing Russia's Gazprom by not paying its gas debt, State Duma international affairs committee head Alexei Pushkov said. "How much more will Gazprom postpone the switch to pre-payment [for gas]? Kiev is blackmailing it successfully by not paying the debt, standing its ground firmly," Pushkov said on Twitter on Wednesday.
US President Barack Obama expressed concern about France deal with Russia to deliver Mistral helicopter-carriers, he said during a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Brussels.
Russia-US relations at UNSC occasionally get "tumultuous", but are quite "business-like" - Moscow envoy
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry, are due to meet in Paris on Thursday to discuss Syria and Ukraine, two countries that both have recently held presidential ballots amid what is largely described as a civil war. The two foreign policy officials have a long history of talks, having held rounds after rounds of meetings to broker the Syrian settlement and later to press the government in Damascus to hand over the country's chemical arms stockpile.
US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin may have informal contacts during the WWII D-Day ceremonies in France on June 6, but a formal meeting is not on the agenda, the White House said Friday.
Russia and France are in full compliance with their obligations on the construction of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy, an official representative of Rosoboronexport, Vyacheslav Davidenko, told Interfax on Friday.