U.S. ambassador to Russia stepping down
One of the architects of the Obama administration's "reset" policy with Russia says he will step down as the American ambassador to the country later this month.
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#1 Feb 4, 2014
Good news! That 'reset' never happened.
Michael McFaul, U.S. ambassador to Russia since January 2012, announced Tuesday he'll leave the post shortly after the Winter Olympics conclude in the southern Russian resort town of Sochi.
McFaul has been a controversial figure in Russia, with some state-run media viewing him with suspicion for his outspoken support of pro-democracy groups. But in his online journal, McFaul said Tuesday that he would miss the job, stressing he was leaving for family considerations.
He helped develop the U.S. "reset" policy with Russia, after which the countries signed the New START arms control deal and agreed on a transit treaty allowing the United States and NATO to use a route through Russia into Afghanistan.
On his arrival in Moscow as ambassador in 2012, he got a rough reception from government-controlled media. An analyst on a government network said McFaul was a "specialist purely in the promotion of democracy" and suggested his agenda was dedicated to supporting opposition leaders in the country.
#2 Feb 6, 2014
They should send Victoria Nuland; she has an habit of putting her foot in her mouth!
#3 Feb 8, 2014
Well, it really wasn't supposed to be a reset anyway. It really was a peregruska, an overload - and those state dept flunkies are doing their best to fry the Russki circuits down Ukraine way as we speak. Problem is, they're lousy electricians, talking about electrons and dumb stuff like that. They'll probably end up electrocuting themselves pretty soon. LOL
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