Putin appoints new ambassador to US

22 August, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Russia names new ambassador to US

A statement on the Kremlin's website posted Monday afternoon said Antonov was appointed by presidential decree.

President Vladimir Putin on Monday appointed Russia's former Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov to be the country's next Ambassador to the United States.

The move comes as the US embassy in Moscow announced it is suspending all non-immigrant visa processing for Russians until September 1 in response to the staff cuts ordered by the Kremlin, The Sun reports.

Antonov still technically is a general in the Russian Army, holding the equivalent of the USA military's five-star rank, but has worked in Putin's government for the past six years.

Diplomatic immunity for Grace Mugabe was warranted, says Nkoana-Mashabane
Signed on Saturday, the notice recognizes "the immunities and privileges of the First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Dr. Reports of the assault angered many South Africans, who called on their government to prosecute the Zimbabwean first lady.

Kislyak, a former head of Russia's mission to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, had been Moscow's ambassador to Washington since 2008, but hit the headlines after his meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign officials during the 2016 presidential elections became public.

The meeting later became the centre piece of the controversy over Russia's possible involvement in the election.

Antonov arrives in the United States amid ongoing diplomatic tensions over these and other issues between the two nuclear powers.

The embassy chose to take this action after Russian Federation ordered the U.S.to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russian Federation by 755, or by two-thirds. In Russia's convoluted civilian rank system, he was the third-ranking diplomat behind Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Kislyak. "It is a well-known logic. and this is the logic of those who organize color revolutions", he said.

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