US Ambassador To Russia Resigns

US Ambassador To Russia Resigns

US Ambassador To Russia Resigns

"Huntsman is a professional".

Jon Huntsman, whose two-year tenure as the USA ambassador to Russian Federation has been characterized by disagreements with the Kremlin, is stepping down with a stark warning of "irreconcilable" divisions between Washington and Moscow and a warning to hold "Russia accountable when its behavior threatens us and our allies".

Huntsman's time as ambassador was hard from the beginning. The resignation will take effect on October 3.

The White House and State Department did not immediately confirm the report.

The posting in Russian Federation was Huntsman's third as ambassador: he also served as ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993 and ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011. When contacted by RFE/RL, an embassy employee would not comment, asking that all questions be submitted to the embassy via e-mail.

Last year, the diplomat faced calls to resign after a historic summit between President Putin and President Trump.

Huntsman's resignation came during a hard period of bilateral relations. Huntsman refused to step aside, citing the "fragile" moment in U.S. -Russia relations.

Huntsman, 59, is a former Utah governor who left the post in 2009 to serve as USA ambassador to China, and is now reportedly considering another run for the state's highest office, according to those close to him.

The U.S. ambassador was criticized for attending Putin's annual economic forum in St. Petersburg in 2018.

Huntsman, who has served in the post since 2017, was directly involved in the case of Paul Whelan, an American corporate security director who was mysteriously detained by Russian authorities on suspicion of spying.

The analyst likened the tense atmosphere today between Washington and Moscow to the early 1980s. By the fall, he will have served two years as ambassador.

Prior to moving to Beijing, he served as governor of Utah in 2004-09, winning two elections.

He left office in 2009 to become President Barack Obama's ambassador to China and later mounted an unsuccessful bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

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