RRussia has accepted Lynne Tracy, a diplomat nominated by US President Joe Biden, as the new United States Ambassador to Moscow. Tracy has received the approval of the Russian Foreign Ministry for taking office, the so-called agrément, said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Thursday, according to the state agency TASS.
Biden had recently nominated the diplomat. After the nomination by the President, the Senate still has to vote on the personnel before the ambassador can be officially appointed and sent to the receiving state.
Tracy, who speaks Russian, previously served as the United States Ambassador to Armenia. She previously served as senior adviser on Russia at the US State Department's Office of European and Eurasian Affairs and as deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Moscow.
The previous ambassador to Moscow, John Sullivan, left Russia to retire earlier this month. The diplomat had repeatedly addressed authoritarian tendencies, judicial arbitrariness and violations of human rights in Russia.