Jon Huntsman promises Russia he’ll become ‘practical’

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WASHINGTON â€? Newly arrived in Russia, U. S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman is promising their hosts to be “practical” when it comes to relationships damaged by Moscow’s invasions associated with Georgia and Ukraine and by claimed meddling in the 2016 election.

“It’s no secret we’re at a low point in the U.S.-Russian relationship,” Huntsman says in a video made to introduce himself to the people associated with Russia and posted a week ago around the official website of the U. T. Embassy in Moscow.

As chief excutive of Utah, as a successful business owner, and as President Barack Obama’s initial ambassador to China, “I’ve always made a career out of finding practical solutions to tough problems,” Huntsman says in the video.

“I look forward to engaging Russia’s leaders to find practical solutions to the many challenges that face today’s relationship,” Huntsman continues. “Where we don’t agree, I’ll represent America’s values and interests with straight talk and I’ll listen with respect and an open mind.”

The promise to be “practical” echoes Trump’s own outlook toward Russia â€? his eagerness to get common ground despite the unprecedented getting from the U. S. intelligence neighborhood that Moscow tried to shape the end result of the 2016.

Videos like the a single recorded by Huntsman, who effortlessly won confirmation in late September, are typical tools for U. S. ambassadors to introduce themselves to the nations where they’re posted. State Division officials have told Yahoo Information that local television outlets occasionally run clips when a new ambassador presents his or her credentials.

Bill Hagerty, the envoy to Japan, utilized his video to say he’d advertise U. S. culture and to guarantee an “ironclad” commitment to that ally’s security â€? an important message at the same time of escalating tensions with close by North Korea. (Hagerty’s video, photo at his home in Nashville, also includes a photograph of the future diplomat in Japan more than 20 yrs ago).

The video from previous Sen. Scott Brown, now ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, includes shots of Brown’s snow-covered home, his collection of guitars plus remarkably candid talk about his hard upbringing.

“My mom and dad have been divorced four times each, and I lived in 17 houses by the time I was 18,” Brown says, just before referring to struggles with “drunken stepfathers, a lot of physical abuse in the family” plus economic hardships.

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