Ex-US Ambassador McFaul stated that he had had the pleasure of working with Kislyak

© AFP 2017 / Stan HondaСергей Kislyak. Archival photoEx-US Ambassador McFaul stated that he had had the pleasure of working with Kislyak© 2017 AFP / Stan Honda

Former US Ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul said goodbye to his Russian counterpart Sergei Kislyak, stressing that he felt pleasure to work with him, in spite of the divergent views.

«In light of the fact that Ambassador Kislyak is preparing to leave the Russian Embassy in the US, I wish him all the best. Work with it <…> it was a pleasure, even though we have different views», — wrote McFaul in his account on micro-blogging network Twitter.

McFaul was Ambassador in Moscow in the period from 2012 to 2014. He is now a Professor at Stanford University and is an active commentator for Russian-American relations. According to the Russian foreign Ministry, McFaul denied entry to Russia with the phrase «deliberate damage to relations between Moscow and Washington».

As noted in one of the briefings, the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, during the years of his service on the post of Ambassador in Moscow, McFaul has shown an «absolute professional impropriety». Zakharov said that the former Ambassador of the United States «failed miserably his diplomatic mission» and likely «contributed to the deterioration of relations» between our two countries.

Kislyak since 2008 holds the position of Russian Ambassador to the United States. For a long time diplomat portrayed in the American media as a «conduit of Russian influence». Advisor to Donald trump on national security, Michael Flynn, resigned after the White house announced that Flynn is not fully told the US intelligence about the content of the conversation with Kislyak. In addition, the attorney General Jeff sessions recused himself from the investigation, «Russian ties» environment trump after it became known about the meeting and Roman sessions with the Russian Ambassador when he was a Senator and Roman sessions.

Informed the informed source told RIA Novosti that the State Duma Committee on international Affairs supported the candidature of Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Anatoly Antonov to the post of the new head of the Russian diplomatic mission in Washington.

However, as noted previously, the newspaper «Kommersant», the Antonov can go to Washington in July — after the first personal meeting of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and us leader Donald trump, to be held on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg.