Russia agrees to Tefft's candidacy for U.S. ambassador

Russia has agreed to John Tefft's candidacy for U.S. ambassador to Russia proposed by Washington, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said.

Russia has agreed to John Tefft's candidacy for U.S. ambassador to Russia proposed by Washington, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said.

"Yes, the agreement has been given," Ushakov told journalists at a news conference in Moscow.

Asked whether Moscow feels any discomfort about Tefft's reputation as an "aggressive" diplomat "not always benevolent towards Russian interests," Ushakov replied, "Unlike many others, I know him well. I would say this is a high-caliber diplomat in terms of his professionalism. I won't comment on how he behaved in Georgia and Ukraine, as everybody is well aware of this."

At the same time, Ushakov once again stressed Tefft's professionalism as a diplomat and pointed out that Tefft has worked in Russia, knows the country and speaks Russian.

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