The White House announced Lynne Tracy as President Joe Biden’s nominee for US ambassador to Russia on Tuesday, as first reported last week by CNN’s Kylie Atwood.
In a release Tuesday, the White House also announced the nominee for US ambassador to Barbados, the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, along with two members of the board for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Some context: The Biden administration hopes to get Tracy in place swiftly to replace John Sullivan who stepped down earlier this month.
The timing of her arrival will depend on Russia agreeing to accept her as ambassador at a time of huge tension between Washington and Moscow as the war in Ukraine continues.
The nomination of Tracy will mark a complete overhaul of leadership at the embassy in Moscow. Sullivan had not been present in Russia for most of the summer because he had been in the US with his wife who had been seriously ill and died last week.