Putin picks Russian deputy foreign minister as U.S. ambassador

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"By presidential decree, Anatoly Ivanovich Antonov is appointed Russian Ambassador to the United States", the Kremlin said in a statement today.

Anatoly Antonov, Russian's deputy foreign ministry, has been picked by Russian President Vladimir Putin to serve as his administration's ambassador to the United States.

Antonov, 62, has been a staunch public advocate of Russia's assertive foreign policy in recent years and is seen as a tough negotiator on issues including arms control.

Antonov replaces Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, whose tenure ended in July.




Kislyak has been a central figure in the U.S. Russian Federation investigations - because he met with several of President Donald Trump's representatives before, during and after the November presidential election.

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

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded to the announcement today during a press conference, saying, "I think a political factor is obvious to everyone here". "It is a well-known logic. and this is the logic of those who organize color revolutions", he said.

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