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MOSCOW, July 24. /TASS/. Moscow will appoint a new ambassador to the United States very soon, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
"An announcement about a new ambassador will come soon, when the president thinks it expedient," he said.
Russia’s embassy in Washington said earlier that Sergey Kislyak had stepped down as Russian ambassador to the United States and Minister-Counsellor Denis Gonchar would continue as Russia’s Charge d'Affaires ad interim.
In late June, Russian Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov refused to comment on a possible appointment of a new Russian ambassador, saying such issues are typically kept under wraps until an official announcement is made. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharov, in turn, said the issue of a possible rotation of the Russian ambassador in the United States was being reviewed in a routine manner.
On May 18, the international committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house supported the candidacy of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov for the post of Russian ambassador to the United States, a source close to the discussion told TASS back then. "The committee has given consent for the Russian foreign ministry nominee Antonov’s appointment as Russian ambassador to the United States," the source said.