Deputy foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov is a key candidate for the post of Russian Ambassador to the U.S., told “Kommersant” four sources in the Russian government agencies.
Antonov, who previously served as Deputy defense Minister, “in the coming months” can go to Washington and change there Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who has held this post since July 2008.
“Kommersant” in January, wrote that the appointment of Antonov, the Russian Ambassador to the United States the Kremlin was considered in the early autumn of 2016. While Moscow believed that the us election is likely to win the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, which would entail the preservation of the tense relations between Russia and the United States. Anton himself, as writes the edition, considered hardliners in Western countries.
According to sources, “Kommersant”, after winning Donald trump’s election Antonov held “the highest chance” to take the post of Ambassador. However, one of interlocutors of the edition emphasized that there are other candidates. The newspaper’s source in the environment Antonova called the information about his possible appointment as Ambassador to the United States “not true”.
The administration of the tramp also needs to change the American Ambassador to Russia. Ambassador John Tefft has not yet received orders to retire, however, according to American media, it can replace the former adviser of US President George W. Bush on policy towards Russia Thomas Graham. Another candidate is Richard Burt, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Germany in 1985.
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has appointed Antonov to the post of Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs in December last year. Prior to that he 2011 he was Deputy head of the Ministry of defense and was responsible for issues of international military and military-technical cooperation. In 2004-2011, the Antonov has held the position of Director of the Department of the foreign Ministry security and disarmament.