MOSCOW, January 11 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia expects that, contrary to forecasts of ill-wishers, the new US ambassador will not permit setbacks in bilateral relations, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Itar-Tass on Wednesday, January 11.
“We know Michael McFaul very well,” Ryabkov said. “He was the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia in the recent years and, hence, participated directly in all the processes that at first permitted bilateral relations to be balanced out and then put them on a more positive route.”
“We also know well that McFaul worked for a long time in non-governmental organizations and research and study centers and also dealt with human rights themes,” Ryabkov said. “All these are well-known facts.”
“We expect that the line at the development of bilateral relations will continue,” the deputy foreign minister said. “We are confident that such an experienced person will be able to take the right course and ensure that there will be no setbacks in our relations, no matter why some ill-wishers forecast such setbacks.”
“We believe that those on the US side dealing with Russian policy are wise and experienced enough to prevent this,” Ryabkov said.
Michael McFaul will embark on his tour of duty as the new US ambassador to Russia on January 14.