Anatoly Antonov is waiting for parliamentary approval

Anatoly Antonov is waiting for parliamentary approval

Question about sending his Ambassador to the United States in the state Duma and the Federation Council will consider before the end of may.

As it became known””, in the near future in the relevant committees of the state Duma and the Federation Council will hold hearings on the appointment of Deputy foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov the Russian Ambassador to the United States.

It is assumed that it will replace the current Russian Ambassador to Washington Sergei Kislyak in July, after a meeting of presidents of Russia and the United States. Sergei Kislyak in Moscow, however, already have plans: according to Kommersant, Russia has put forward his candidacy to head new UN body — the Office for the fight against terrorism, whose head is equivalent in status to the Deputy Secretary.

That Antonov is a key candidate for the post of Russian Ambassador to the USA, Kommersant reported at the beginning of the year. According to informed sources, “b”, hearings about its appointment will take place in the committees for international Affairs of the state Duma and the Federation Council before the end of may: in the lower house of Parliament, most likely in the week from 15 to 19 may (after the Duma vacation), and at the top — from 22 to 26 may. Approval issues Mr. Antonov interlocutors “” do not expect.

Recall, 28 Dec 2016 President Vladimir Putin appointed Anatoly Antonov, at that time held the post of Deputy defense Minister, Deputy foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov.

The defense Ministry Anatoly Antonov was in charge of international cooperation, and going to the foreign Ministry, became involved in the issues of military-political security

Also last fall, the Kremlin has decided to appoint Mr. Antonov, who is considered a hardliner toward the West, the head of the Russian diplomatic mission in Washington. Then in Moscow proceeded from the fact that, most likely, in the presidential elections will win in the US Hillary Clinton and, therefore, bilateral relations will remain strained. But although the President was Donald trump, in Moscow to reconsider their plans did not.

To Washington Anatoly Antonov can go in July — after the first personal meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald trump, to be held on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

Current Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak has been in office since July 2008. According to Kommersant’s sources close to the Kremlin, the Russian government has put forward his candidacy for the position of Director of new UN body — the Office for the fight against terrorism.

That such a unit would soon be established, became known from the treatment of the UN Secretary General, antónio Guterres, to the participants held at the end of April in Moscow international conference of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation (it was read by the Deputy Secretary General Jeffrey Feltman). “For the effective implementation of the global UN strategy to combat terrorism I proposed that the General Assembly should establish a new office for combating terrorism that would further promote coordination and coherence in the provision of assistance to participating countries and strengthen our impact on the ground”, — stated in the message of the Secretary General.

As reported by “Kommersant” press Secretary of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dujarric, in the coming weeks a draft resolution on the establishment of the new structure will discuss the budget Committee of the UN General Assembly, after which the document will be submitted to the General vote. “By creating a new Bureau, the Secretary-General aims to make UN efforts against terrorism more effective, coherent and consistent, and to raise a new level of cooperation in this field with member States of the UN,” he explained.

According to stéphane Dujarric, the Bureau will impose the following main objectives: first, to ensure the implementation of anti-terrorism activities of the UN mandate in accordance with the authority vested in the Secretary General; secondly, to enhance coordination of the activities of the 38 units in the task group on implementation of counter-terrorism activities of the United Nations; thirdly, assistance to the States members of the United Nations in anti-terrorist activities; and finally, fourth, to strengthen the resource base of fight against terrorism and to intensify efforts to explain its meaning and significance.

Mr. Dujarric said that the head of the Bureau for the fight against terrorism will be equated in status to the Deputy UN Secretary-General (Under-Secretary-General). Comment on candidates for this post interlocutor “” has refused.

Sources “Kommersant” in Moscow is difficult to estimate the chances of Sergey Kislyak to hold this post. For approval of his nomination needs the support of all members of the UN security Council, which in the current environment of confrontation will not be easy to achieve.

Yelena Chernenko, Maksim Ivanov