US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman is to step down in October, reported The Guardian Wednesday.
In his resignation letter Huntsman said that it was an honor to be the US Ambassador in Moscow “during this historically difficult period in bilateral relations.”
Huntsman also said it is “critical” for the US and Russia to “maintain channels for dialogues on issues of national interest — combatting terrorism, ensuring verifiable arms control, insisting that Russia respect the sovereignty of its neighbours, and advocating for a more responsive system of governance that includes rule of law and respect for human rights.”
CNN reported that the US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the matter during their phone conversation last week, yet Trump Administration denied that.
Huntsman said he wanted to “return to the United States after two years to reconnect with our growing family and responsibilities at home.” It has also been reported that the envoy is planning to run for a governor of Utah, which would be his third-term if elected.
Profile of Huntsman by The Guardian describes him, who served in the White House for a long time working for five different presidents, as “a selfless public servant or opportunistic people-pleaser.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website