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Putin and Trump discussed the resignation of the US ambassador in Moscow

Putin and Trump discussed the resignation of the US ambassador in Moscow. We discussed the resignation of the ambassador: Putin had a conversation with Trump
Putin and Trump discussed the resignation of the US ambassador in Moscow

  • The upcoming resignation of the US ambassador to Moscow, John Huntsman, was the subject of a telephone conversation between the presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. For the past few months, Huntsman and his wife have been making a kind of “farewell tour”, they have been meeting with other diplomats, preparing to leave Russia. 

  • The presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, discussed in a telephone conversation this week the imminent resignation of the American ambassador to Moscow, John Huntsman, reports CNN.

  • According to media reports, the American leader called his Russian counterpart after he learned how much the area spread by forest fires in Siberia had increased.

  • But their conversation turned to a discussion of the need to select a new US ambassador to Russia, two officials in the White House said. At the same time, the politicians did not name the candidates for the vacant post.

  • According to US officials, it was a short telephone conversation, both leaders did not discuss the decision to formally withdraw from the Treaty on Medium and Short Range Missiles or upcoming sanctions against Russia in the framework of the case of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

  • Neither the US nor the Russian statement on the conversation mentioned any discussion of sanctions, but Putin praised Trump's offer to help in the fight against fire "as a guarantee that in the future it will be possible to restore full-fledged relations between the two countries."

  • Huntsman, who has been in his current position since 2017, was directly involved in the case of Paul Whelan, director of the corporate security for the American company BorgWarner, who was detained by Russian authorities on suspicion of espionage.

  • In January, Huntsman personally visited Whelan - this is an atypical step for the ambassador, said CNN analyst John Kirby.

In November last year, melanoma was found in Huntsman

  • According to a source at the American embassy, ​​for the last few months, Huntsman and his wife have been doing a kind of “farewell tour”, meeting with other diplomats, preparing to leave Russia.

  • The diplomat's wife, Mary Kay, posted on Instagram an “account” of some of their recent events — for example, the family spent a Friday evening with embassy security officers and had previously walked along the Moscow River.

  • Huntsman announced his intention to return home and run for governor of Utah two months ago. Even in the year of his appointment, the diplomat emphasized that he would not stay in Russia for a long time and would leave in two years, reports FAN.

  • Now, according to the information of the Atlantic, Huntsman plans to leave his post in order to continue his political career in the USA and remind voters that Utah under his leadership has become one of the fastest-growing states in the country from 2004 to 2009.

  • However, some believe that the declared departure is not connected with the ambitions of the politician, but with the cooling of relations between him and Donald Trump. The fact is that the daughter of the future former ambassador Abby Huntsman repeatedly spoke out with criticism of Trump and his family members.

  • Over the past two years, Abby Huntsman managed to become famous as a TV presenter due to her work on major cable television channels Fox and Friends and ABC.

  • In June 2018, while she was working on a conservative Fox News channel, the presenter was criticized by her employer for having called the meeting between Donald Trump and the North Korean President live with an acquaintance of “two dictators”.

  • She apologized for what was said, but her phrase initiated the appearance of a new hashtag on Twitter. Users who supported the Democratic Party and watched the meeting rather quickly moved the hashtag to the “current” tab on the global network.

At the beginning of June

Huntsman refused to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum due to the fact that the American investor and founder of Baring Vostok, Michael Calvi, is under house arrest.

  • This was stated by the representative of the American diplomatic mission, Andrea Calan.

  • She recalled that the ambassador had repeatedly stated that it would be “difficult” for him to take part in the SPIEF, knowing that Calvi was under arrest. Kalan added that, according to Huntsman, the criminal prosecution against Calvi "undermines attempts" to create stability in relations between Russia and the United States.

  • The ambassador himself was also famous for his scandalous statements. In April, he unequivocally threatened Russia with US aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean. The US Navy’s carrier-based strike group (AUG) in the Mediterranean is a signal that Russia should hear, he said then.

  • “The diplomatic ties and dialogue in combination with the powerful defensive systems of these ships demonstrate the Russian Federation that if it really seeks to improve relations with the United States, then it must stop destabilizing the world,” the diplomat said.

  • According to Huntsman, 200 thousand tons of "diplomacy", plying the Mediterranean, "speak for themselves and do not require supplements."

  • The Foreign Ministry of Russia to these words reacted with bewilderment, reports NSN.

  • “One gets the impression that he has completely exhausted his diplomatic potential, having begun to threaten our country with a military force,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said and stressed that it was useless to talk to Moscow in the language of threats — there will be means to counter any force.

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