Monday, April 25, 2022

Biden Nominates Bridget Brink As U.S. Ambassador To Ukraine

President Biden on Monday, announced plans to nominate Bridget Brink, the current U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia, as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.

Brink is a Career Foreign Service Officer who has spent much of her career focused on Europe and Eurasia.

Biden announced his nominee for the Ambassador post, after Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Llyod Austin traveled to Ukraine to meet with Ukrainian President Zelensky, as Ukrainian forces resist a renewed Russian Onslaught in the Eastern part of the Country.

Blinken described Brink as “someone I’ve served with for a long time, deeply experienced in the region, who’ll be a very strong representative for the United States in Ukraine.”

The Secretary of State also said that U.S. Diplomats would be returning to Ukraine beginning next week. The U.S. closed the Embassy in Kyiv in Mid-February, and moved remaining Diplomats to the City of Lviv, in Western Ukraine on the Border with Poland. Diplomats were later evacuated from Ukraine entirely.

Blinken said that the U.S. would look at opening the Embassy in Kyiv over the next “couple of weeks.” “We’re doing it deliberately, we’re doing it carefully, we’re doing it with the security of our personnel foremost in mind, but we’re doing it,” he said.

The U.S. has been without a confirmed Ambassador to Ukraine for more than Two years. The last Official confirmed to the role was Marie Yovanovitch, who was forced out by Trump.

Kristina Kvien is the Charge d’affaires at the Embassy in Ukraine and has been fulfilling the Duties of Ambassador in an Acting capacity.

Brink, who will need to be Confirmed by the Senate, was Nominated to her Current Post in Slovakia in 2019, by Trump and Confirmed by a Voice Vote.

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