US President Joe Biden plans to appoint soon an American Ambassador to Ukraine, who has not been appointed since the recall of Marie Yovanovitch due to the scandal inflated by the Donald Trump administration as Foreign Policy reported.
“Biden is expected to choose Bridget Brink, a seasoned senior career diplomat, as his nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter, although no final decision has been reached,” the message says.
The reason why the president was unable to quickly appoint all the representatives of his diplomatic corps is due to the actions of some senators.
In particular, Republican Senator Ted Cruz blocked voting on all candidates of the State Department because of his disagreement with the decision of the Biden administration to lift part of the sanctions against the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Therefore, Biden's top envoy to Europe, Assistant Secretary of State Karen Donfried, took office in October, five months after the president first nominated her.
It is with the absence of an ambassador to Ukraine that some critics attribute the inability of the Biden administration to quickly respond to the situation with the buildup of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border.
We remind that a full-fledged US ambassador to Ukraine has not been since the US recalled Marie Yovanovitch on May 6, 2019, for consultations.
Now the USA in Ukraine is represented by the Charge d'Affaires Kristina Kvien. She was appointed to the position last January after US Charge d'Affaires to Ukraine William Taylor, acting ambassador, left Ukraine over his testimony regarding Trump's military aid.