U.S. Ambassadors to Russia
Alexander R. Vershbow (2001-2005)
Alexander Vershbow came to Moscow as a career diplomat with extensive experience in U.S.-Russian relations and European security affairs. He held a series of assignments since joining the Foreign Service in 1977, including postings to the U.S. Embassies in Moscow and London. During the USSR's last years, he was director of the State Department's Office of Soviet Union Affairs. From 1994 to 1997, Vershbow served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council. His first ambassadorial assignment took him to Brussels, Belgium, where he served from 1998 to 2001 as the U.S Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Vershbow took up his duties as Ambassador to the Russian Federation on July 19, 2001. He served in Moscow during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the subsequent Russian expression of solidarity with America in the struggle against terrorism.