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New US ambassador to Russia appointed
08:31, 9 March 2017
New US ambassador to Russia appointed

Ex-Utah Republican Governor Jon Huntsman accepted Trump’s offer to take the position

08:31, 9 March 2017

Reuters

Former Utah Republican Governor Jon Huntsman accepted US President Donald Trump's offer to be the ambassador to Russia, according to administration’s official, reports Reuters.

The job, which requires Senate confirmation, would put Huntsman in Moscow at a time when U.S.-Russian ties have sunk to a post-Cold War low.

Huntsman, who served as ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush and then to China under President Barack Obama, was an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump during last year's campaign.

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The tensions peaked in December when Obama expelled 35 Russian suspected spies after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia hacked and leaked Democratic emails during the 2016 election campaign as part of an effort to tilt the vote in Trump's favor. The Kremlin has denied the allegations.

Earlier it was reported that supporters and opponents of Trump scuffled at rally in California. Three people were injured in clashes.

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