US President Joe Biden has nominated diplomat Lynn Tracy to be ambassador to Russia amid heightened bilateral tensions over the invasion of Ukraine, the White House said on Tuesday.
Tracy is the current US ambassador to Armenia and her appointment will have to be confirmed by the Senate.
Tracy, a career diplomat and Russian speaker, worked from 2014 to 2017 at the American Embassy in Moscow. He also served in Central Asia.
During his service in Peshawar, Pakistan, his car was shot at.
In Russia, she will replace John Sullivan, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump and left his position citing family reasons.
The appointment of the new ambassador comes amid tensions between Washington and Moscow over the war in Ukraine. Despite their deep disagreements, the bridges between the two countries have not been destroyed and diplomatic relations have been maintained since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
After her appointment is confirmed by the Senate, the ambassador will have to face complicated negotiations over the fate of two Americans arrested in Moscow: basketball player Brittany Griner and ex-soldier Paul Whelan.
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