Biden nominated ambassador to Slovakia to head US diplomatic mission in Ukraine

US President Biden sent to the Senate the candidacy of a new ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink, who now heads the diplomatic mission in Slovakia. The post of US Ambassador to Kyiv has been vacant since May 2019

US President Joe Biden has nominated Bridget Brink for the post of US ambassador to Ukraine for consideration by the Senate of Congress. This was reported on the White House website.

«Senate nominee: Bridget Brink <…> [nominated] for the post of US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine”, — the message says.

On the eve of Biden announced that Brink, who now holds the post of ambassador to Slovakia, will become the new American ambassador to Ukraine. The fact that the US president has chosen a candidate for this post was reported by CNN, citing sources in Washington and Kyiv, on February 1.

The post of US ambassador to Ukraine has remained vacant since May 2019 of the year. The previous head of the diplomatic mission, Marie Yovanovitch, was recalled to Washington. At that time, Donald Trump was the President of the United States.

The Wall Street Journal wrote that, according to Trump's lawyer Rudolph Giuliani, she prevented him from “persuading” Kyiv authorities to launch an investigation against the company Burisma, in which the son of Joe Biden Hunter worked. After that, Chargé d'Affaires Christina Quinn represented the United States in Ukraine.

Bridget Brink has been a diplomat for 25 years and holds an MA in International Relations and Political Theory from the London School of Economics. She knows Russian, studied Slovak, Serbian, Georgian and French.

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on April 25 that US diplomats would gradually return to Ukraine from next week. In addition, Washington will consider opening an embassy in Kyiv. According to Blinken, this could happen “within a couple of weeks.”

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