The U.S. President Joe Biden has nominated President and CEO of the U.S. Russia Foundation Celeste A. Wallander as his assistant secretary of Defense for international security affairs, a crucial position and one of his last remaining foreign policy posts. This was reported by Axios.
“Celeste brings great experience in and out of government from both at the Pentagon and the National Security Council, but also in the think-tank world and in academia,” said David Kramer, a former senior State Department official in the second Bush administration.
"She has deep policy expertise in key regions, experience in getting things done in the Pentagon, and a track record as a gifted manager and leader," said Michèle Flournoy, an ex-Pentagon official under President Obama. "She will bring excellent judgment and proven experience in defense diplomacy to the job." The statement noted that Wallander’s candidacy must be approved by the Senate.
Under President Obama, Wallander previously worked as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia in the National Security Council.
As it was reported earlier, on June 21, the administration of Joe Biden plans to impose additional sanctions on Russia for poisoning and imprisoning opposition leader Alexei Navalny. This was announced by the President's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. According to him, restrictive measures against Moscow will be introduced as soon as the United States “can be sure that they are achieving the right goals.”