The Senate approved a new U.S. ambassador to Russia on Wednesday with an overwhelming majority of votes.
Hours before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was scheduled to make a historic visit to Washington, senators voted 93 to 2 to approve career diplomat Lynn M. Tracy as Russia’s new ambassador. Some saw it as a signal of America’s commitment to a war-torn Ukraine in the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday’s passage of a new $45 billion military aid package to Ukraine and the confirmation of a new U.S. ambassador to Russia meant that Americans were “obviously” Ukrainians. Tracy, a professional diplomat, is “on a mission against Putin,” Schumer said.