US imposes new sanctions on Syria over suspected chemical attackWorld April 24, 21:23
Russian businessman plans to build sailplane to fly around the globe nonstop in 5 daysScience & Space April 24, 19:50
Roscosmos excludes three cosmonauts from space teamScience & Space April 24, 19:34
Russian Foreign Ministry: Terrorists in Syria may get chemical weapons from Libya, IraqRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 24, 19:05
US not ready yet to restart arms control dialog, Russian diplomat saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 24, 18:57
Court recognizes Russia’s Sports Ministry as affected party in WADA whistleblower caseSport April 24, 18:48
Elephant, giraffe and wildcats found among Muscovites’ house petsSociety & Culture April 24, 17:48
Putin calls for setting apart real anti-corruption crusaders from political show-offsRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 24, 16:34
Moscow court turns down Jehovah’s Witnesses bid to fight Justice Ministry’s banWorld April 24, 16:08
The 64-year-old career diplomat was nominated by President Barack Obama on July 10. The Senate's foreign relations committee on July 29 recommended the candidacy endorsed by Democrats and Republicans, showing, as experts note, rare unanimity.
The Senate committee held an unscheduled evening meeting to approve the nomination of the former ambassador to Ukraine, Georgia and Lithuania, to be the new envoy to Moscow. The committee chairman said "we cannot afford to wait to send an ambassador to Russia".
The United States should talk with Russian partners clearly to be sure they understand the US position and to understand what Russians think John Tefft Ambassador of the USA to Russia Tefft at the hearings made some harsh statements with regard to Russia in connection with the situation in Ukraine. At the same time, the diplomat said the United States should talk with Russian partners clearly to be sure they understand the US position and to understand what Russians think.
Tefft served as ambassador to Ukraine under Obama, a Democrat, and to Georgia and Lithuania under President George W. Bush, a Republican.
The previous US ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, left the position in February.