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Jon Huntsman confirmed as US ambassador to Russia

The US Senate on Thursday confirmed businessman, veteran diplomat and former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia.

Published: 29th September 2017 07:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th September 2017 07:35 AM   |  A+A-

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (File Photo | AP)

By AFP

WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Thursday confirmed businessman, veteran diplomat and former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia, filling a crucial post as a probe of Moscow's influence on the American election widens.

The 57-year-old Huntsman, who served as governor of Utah, has worked in numerous US administrations, notably as ambassador to China under Democrat Barack Obama, before running unsuccessfully for president as a Republican in 2012.

Huntsman, who was confirmed by voice vote, said during his confirmation hearing that there is "no question" Russia interfered in the US presidential race and that Moscow continues to "threaten stability" in Europe.



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