New US ambassador in Moscow

RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 26 Jan 2023 by Alex Teddy

On January 25 Lynne Tracy arrived in Moscow. Her time as ambassador will not be easy as relations are their worst since the Cold War. She is the first woman to hold the post. Ms. Tracy was previously the deputy chief of mission in Moscow 2014-17. Ambassador Tracy will present her credentials soon but no date has been set. Usually the President accepts a new ambassador's credentials. But it is unclear whether Putin will meet her. Russia is deeply unhappy about the January 24 announcement of US tanks being given to Ukraine. Tracy's arrival could not have come at a more difficult time. She is a career diplomat who was served in other former USSR countries and is fluent in Russian.

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