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Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

New US ambassador to Russian Federation meets Putin in Kremlin visit

New US ambassador to Russian Federation meets Putin in Kremlin visit

Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor who famously broke out into Chinese during a USA presidential debate, quit Chevron Corp.'s board after he was confirmed as US ambassador to Russian Federation. Huntsman takes on the post in Moscow as congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller investigate allegations that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 USA presidential election on Trump's behalf, as well as potential collusion with Moscow by Trump associates.

The US sent a new ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman arrived in Moscow on Monday to take over from John Tefft, who left after serving in Russia for three years.

This will temporarily suspend his campaign for the presidential election next year.

Huntsman, whose nomination was approved by the Senate on Thursday in a voice vote, has said there is no question that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA campaign, putting him at odds with Trump, who has downplayed that charge.

In a photo tweeted out by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Huntsman presented his credentials to Putin at the Kremlin. "We are convinced it should be based on the meticulous adherence to the principles of equality, respect of national interests and non-interference in domestic affairs".

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice asked Russia's state-controlled broadcaster Russia Today (RT) to register its branch office in the U.S.as a foreign agent, a move seen as "illegitimate" by Moscow.

"I look forward to working to rebuild trust between our two countries and to strengthening the bilateral relationship based on cooperation on common interests", the new United States ambassador said after the Kremlin ceremony.

Huntsman said at his confirmation hearing that there was no question Russian Federation interfered during the 2016 campaign.

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