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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Picks New Russia Ambassador

APWilliam Burns
The new United States ambassador to Russia is set to be career diplomat William Burns, a United States diplomatic source said Wednesday on condition of anonymity. The current U.S. ambassador, Alexander Vershbow, will complete his term as ambassador in mid-July.

Burns, who served in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in the mid-1990s as Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs, joined the Foreign Service in 1982. He speaks Arabic, Russian and French and was the ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001. Until recently, Burns was assistant secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

Interfax reported that Burns would be the next ambassador, citing a Washington source on Wednesday. Burns' appointment will have to be approved by the Senate before he can officially take up his post.