Joe Biden has appointed Bridget Brink as US Ambassador to Ukraine 


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US President Joe Biden has named Bridget Brink, a longtime diplomat, as the new US ambassador to Ukraine, the White House said on Monday. She will have a crucial position, which has been vacant for almost three years, at a time when Washington is increasing its support for Ukraine in order to repel the Russian invasion, Reuters reports.

Brink, who is currently the US Ambassador to Slovakia, has been a career diplomat for the past 25 years and has worked in Uzbekistan and Georgia as well as in various positions in the State Department and in the White House National Security Council.

A native of Michigan, who speaks Russian, “Brink’s decades of experience make it particularly appropriate for this time in the history of Ukraine,” according to a State Department statement.

Bridget A. Brink, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. Prior to that, she served as Senior Advisor and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, with responsibility for issues related to Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. She also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and Tbilisi, Georgia. Brink spent her twenty-five-year career in the Foreign Service focused on advancing U.S. policy in Europe and Eurasia. She was the Director for the Aegean and the South Caucasus at the National Security Council and served in the State Department as the Deputy Director for Southern European Affairs, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, and Cyprus Desk Officer. She began her career in Belgrade, Serbia.

Originally from Michigan, Brink is the recipient of numerous performance awards. She holds Master’s degrees in International Relations and Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kenyon College. She speaks Russian and has studied Slovak, Serbian, Georgian, and French”, reads a press release by The White House.

The position she will hold has remained vacant since former President Donald Trump abruptly recalled Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch in May 2019. She will have to be confirmed by the Senate.

The US will start opening its embassy in Ukraine by sending ambassadors to Lviv only on short trips, not the complete reopening of the embassy in Kyiv, reports The Guardian. US officials also confirmed that they hope to send diplomats to Kyiv, but said that this depends on the security situation.

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