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The United States appointed Ambassador to Russia, the Mormon representative

США назначили послом в Россию представителя мормонов57-year-old diplomat will represent the interests of the United States in Russia.

The Senate Committee of Congress on foreign Affairs on Tuesday at the meeting supported the candidacy of 57-year-old Jon Huntsman as Ambassador to Moscow, the decision was made by an overwhelming majority. Stream from the courtroom was conducted on the Committee’s website.

“We conducted hearings in this Committee with many candidates, they all had very high qualifications and Governor huntsman is one of them, he’s very qualified,” he said at a meeting of the senior Committee Democrat Ben Cardin. According to him, the huntsman intends to “defend American values” in relations with Russia. “I hope we send him to Moscow as soon as possible”, – concluded the Senator.

“His performance was one of the best, I want to see him in Moscow”, – said the Chairman of the Committee, Republican Robert Corker.

During held on 19 September of the hearings on his candidacy, huntsman said that the United States “no choice” but to cooperate with Russia in addressing some international issues. He also indicated his desire to discuss with the Russian authorities in combating terrorism, compliance with treaties on arms control and non-proliferation [of weapons of mass destruction], as well as a political settlement of the conflict in Syria and resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

Now Huntsman will have to approve the entire composition of the U.S. Senate. Considering the position of members of the Committee on foreign Affairs, he is unlikely to meet any opposition in the upper house. Along with the Huntsman Corker, the Committee also endorsed the appointment to the post of assistant Secretary on Affairs of Europe and Eurasia Wessa Mitchell, his candidacy will also have to go through a vote in the Senate. At the Committee hearing he pointed out the need for “sensible relations” with Russia “in the East and in the South.”

What is known about the Huntsman?

The huntsman has a bachelor’s degree in international politics (graduated from the University of Pennsylvania). Worked in the administrations of five U.S. presidents.

In may 2011, huntsman announced his intention to fight for the nomination for President from the Republican party. In January 2012, dropped out and officially endorsed MITT Romney, who eventually lost the election to Democrat Barack Obama.

After leaving the civil service, huntsman was member of the boards of Directors of companies such as Caterpillar, Ford Motor, Chevron and Hilton Worldwide Holdings.

In 1992, the huntsman started his mission in Singapore, becoming the youngest us Ambassador in a hundred years. The Huntsman eight brothers and sisters and seven children, including two adopted. His Hobbies include Huntsman – progressive rock and motocross. In 15 years, the future politician even quit school to play in the rock band Wizard. The huntsman is a staunch Mormon. One of his ancestors was parley Pratt – Apostle of the Mormon community in the mid-nineteenth century, and the huntsman two years served within the Mormon mission in Taiwan.

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