Putin appoints Anatoly Antonov new ambassador to US: Kremlin

 21 Aug 2017 - 15:28

Putin appoints Anatoly Antonov new ambassador to US: Kremlin
(FILES) This file photo taken on June 05, 2016 shows then Russia's Deputy Minister of Defence Anatoly Antonov speaking during plenary session at the 15th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN

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Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday appointed deputy foreign minister Anatoly Antonov as the country's new ambassador to the United States, replacing Sergei Kislyak.

"By presidential decree, Anatoly Ivanovich Antonov is appointed Russian Ambassador to the United States," the Kremlin said in a statement. Relations between Russia and the United States have fallen to a post-Cold War low, driven by accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.