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Ambassador McFaul to Leave Russia at End of the Month (February 4, 2014)

Ambassador McFaul to Leave Russia at End of the Month (February 4, 2014)

U.S. Embassy Moscow Press Release | February 4, 2014


U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation Michael McFaul has announced he is stepping down from his position at the end of the month.

The Ambassador explained that his wife and two sons returned to their home in California last summer for his oldest son’s schooling. He and his wife decided that after seven months of living on opposite ends of the globe, it is time for the family to be reunited.

“I love my job here. It has been a tremendous honor to represent my country in Russia and I made this decision with a heavy heart,” said Ambassador McFaul. “I will greatly miss interacting with my partners in the Russian government and with Russians from all sectors of society and business. I also will miss being part of a fantastic team at Embassy Moscow.”

Ambassador McFaul said that he is proud to have been part of the Obama administration’s Russia team for the last five years, helping produce a “real record of achievement on some of America’s most vital national interests,” such as the New Start Treaty, the Afghan Northern Distribution Network, the Bilateral Presidential Commission, Russia’s accession into the World Trade Organization, a 60% growth in trade, a new visa regime between our nations, and multilateral work to manage nuclear proliferation threats from North Korea and Iran, and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. The ambassador has also been recognized as an innovator in public diplomacy through his use of social media.

Please read the Ambassador’s blog post for more details on his departure.