Pick for Russia Ambassador Blasts Moscow Meddling

Jon Huntsman

At a time when U.S.-Russia relations are at an extreme low, Tuesday’s nomination hearing for the new U.S. Ambassador to Russia attracted less than a full house in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The nominee, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, told the Senators this is a “critical period” in U.S.-Russia relations. From Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to its annexation of Crimea in 2014 to its continued involvement in Syria, where it supports the Bashar al-Assad regime, relations between Washington and the Kremlin feel like a return to the bad old days of the Cold War.

“Interference in the U.S. election has led directly to the current low level of trust in the relationship,” said Huntsman, stressing that “there is no question that the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election last year.”

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