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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Michael Mcfaul
Michael McFaul, who recently stepped down as U.S. Ambassador to Russia, said that Vladimir Putin's annexation of Ukraine demands more action from the United States.
The U.S. ambassador to Russia announced in a blog posting Tuesday he's stepping down from his diplomatic role.
The U.S. Embassy in the Egyptian capital issued impassively worded warnings to Americans in Egypt and promptly closed its doors Wednesday afternoon, only three days after reopening the diplomatic compound that was shuttered last week because of a terrorist threat.
Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, was summoned Wednesday by the nation's foreign ministry for questioning about a spy debacle that heated this week.
The first meeting between John F. Kerry as the new secretary of state and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov could be dominated this week by the emotional issue of Americans adopting Russian children, after an explosive exchange between Russian lawmakers and the U.S. ambassador in Moscow.
The dispute between the U.S. ambassador to Russia and the Russian Foreign Ministry is no laughing matter, but it is becoming the butt of jokes in Moscow.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti performed in Russia on Wednesday for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Moscow's relentless criticism of U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul reached a new height this week when the foreign minister accused him of arrogance.
A Russian prankster posted a fake Twitter message Sunday, implying that U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul in Moscow was claiming voter fraud in Russia's presidential election even before the polls closed.
As he hones his presidential campaign theme, Vladimir Putin is accusing the United States of working to weaken Russia and push it back into the chaos that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Rarely does a diplomat speak so bluntly, but with that one word in a Twitter post, the U.S. ambassador to Russia set off a buzz in the blogosphere this week, as he slapped down a critic who accused him of trying to topple the government in the Kremlin.
The nomination of U.S. Ambassador-designate to Russia Michael McFaul is in trouble, based on recent responses to senators' questions about a possible plan to give sensitive data to Russia on the SM-3 anti-missile interceptor.
State-owned media in Moscow are reacting warmly to the news that President Obama plans to appoint his top adviser on Russia as the next U.S. ambassador to the Kremlin.
The Obama administration is touting the visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who arrives in Washington on Thursday, as evidence of President Obama's success in "resetting" relations with a former Cold War rival.
That said, Mr. McFaul said there were likely no plans to discuss Russia's ongoing contract to rebuild the Bushehr nuclear reactory in Iran since it was not covered in the U.N. sanctions.
Mr. McFaul noted that Lukoil, one of Russia's largest energy concerns, recently had announced plans for divestment from Russia.