For en­voy, Rus­sia ac­cepts Hunts­man

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

MOSCOW — Moscow has given its con­sent to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s pro­posal to make Jon Hunts­man the next U.S. am­bas­sador to Rus­sia, a top Rus­sian diplo­mat said.

Trump on Tues­day nom­i­nated Hunts­man, a former am­bas­sador to China and to Sin­ga­pore, for the Moscow post.

Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as telling state tele­vi­sion Wednes­day that “we have given agree­ment, know­ing Mr. Hunts­man’s bi­og­ra­phy very well, un­der­stand­ing that he is a high pro­fes­sional.”

Nonethe­less, there were signs of un­ease with Hunts­man be­ing a devout Mor­mon.

Rus­sian state TV quoted an­a­lyst Alexan­der Dom­rin of the Higher School of Eco­nomics as say­ing “this is a re­li­gious ten­dency with many signs of a to­tal­i­tar­ian sect. Of course, in the first line he will be loyal not to the United States and Wash­ing­ton, but to his own sect.”

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