WASHINGTON, September 04. /ITAR-TASS/. New US Ambassador to Russia John Francis Tefft is expected to arrive in Moscow in the coming few days, a high-ranking diplomatic source in Washington told ITAR-TASS on Thursday. Tefft has been sworn in and is about to leave for Moscow, he said.
Another source familiar with the situation did not rule out that the new ambassador might come as soon as Friday, September 5.
Unlike the previous ambassador, Michael McFaul, who was a political appointee, John Tefft is a career diplomat. President Obama nominated him for the job July 10.
His previous professional record includes ambassadorial positions in Ukraine, Georgia and Lithuania. He also served as a deputy to Ambassador Thomas Pickering.
From November 1996 through to September 1997, he was a de facto head of the embassy in Moscow in the rank of charge d’affairs.
Tefft, now 64, has held a number of positions in the US.Department of State’s headquarters and also in cities outside the US, like Rome, Budapest, or Jerusalem.