US Senate confirms McFaul as envoy to Russia

December 18, 2011 04:26

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's top adviser on Russia policy, Michael McFaul, was approved by the US Senate on Saturday to serve as the country's ambassador to Moscow.

McFaul was a leading architect of the Democratic administration's "reset" policy focused on improving relations with Russia and helped negotiate a new US-Russia nuclear arms reduction treaty.

The former Stanford University professor replaces John Beyrle, who was appointed in 2008 by former US president George W. Bush and is expected to leave Moscow later this month.

McFaul's confirmation had been delayed by Senator Mark Kirk.

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