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Biden names Bridget Brink as envoy to Ukraine

US to reopen embassy in Kyiv
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Anushka Patil, Edward Wong   |   Published 26.04.22, 01:00 AM

President Biden nominated Bridget Brink as the US ambassador to Ukraine on Monday, which would fill a position that has remained empty for more than a year despite the critical importance of the American relationship with Ukraine.

The news was relayed to the Ukrainian government on Sunday as secretary of state Antony J. Blinken and defence secretary Lloyd J. Austin III met President Volodymyr Zelensky.


The delegation also said the US would move to reopen its embassy in Kyiv, according to the officials.

Brink’s nomination will end a delay that career diplomats have said would be baffling even in more tranquil times. The Ukraine ambassadorship has lacked a full-time occupant since 2019, when President Donald J. Trump unceremoniously removed Marie L. Yovanovitch. 

Shortly after, William B. Taylor Jr, a retired veteran diplomat, stepped in on a temporary basis until early 2020. The post has remained empty during the Biden administration even as dire warnings were issued last year that Russia was planning to invade Ukraine.

Brink has been a foreign service officer for 25 years, largely focusing on Europe and Eurasia. She was appointed as the US ambassador to Slovakia by Trump in 2019 and has served in two other former Soviet republics: Uzbekistan and Georgia.

“It’s a long time coming,” said Taylor, who testified to Congress during the first impeachment hearing of Trump. “I’m glad it’s finally happening.”

The US mission in Ukraine has been managed by the chargé d’affaires, Kristina A. Kvien, a respected diplomat.

“It will be great to have a Senate-confirmed ambassador out there who clearly has the authority to speak to the President,” Taylor said.

He added that Brink would likely have bipartisan support in Congress because a large number of Republican senators have been backing Biden’s efforts on Ukraine.

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