JRL NEWSWATCH: “Ambassador Huntsman may face the biggest test since the Cold War: Rebuild Russian relations with fewer resources at a time when he needs more of them” – Salt Lake Tribune/Thomas Burr

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“The previous U.S. ambassador to Russia had a staff of more than 1,200 people, an embassy in Moscow and three consulates as well as a country house.  Jon Huntsman has about 455 staffers left, and only the embassy and two consulates remain operating.  At a tense time for U.S.-Russian ties – arguably the most turbulent since the Cold War – Huntsman, the top U.S. envoy to Russia, faces a challenge to improve relations …. U.S.-Russian relations have always had their ups and downs. … Huntsman … is a good fit to cement a détente, given his background as an ambassador to China and to Singapore. … “

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