President Joe Biden introduced on Monday that he’ll nominate Bridget Brink to function U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, a place that has remained vacant for the previous three years.
Brink at present serves because the U.S. ambassador to Slovakia. The 25-year veteran diplomat was beforehand a senior adviser and deputy assistant secretary within the State Division’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, specializing in Japanese Europe and the Caucasus.
The nomination, which can nonetheless have to undergo the Senate affirmation course of, is a sign from the U.S. to Ukraine that it acknowledges the nation’s sovereignty and seeks to take care of a diplomatic relationship. In a secret visit to Kyiv on Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin knowledgeable Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of the nomination, in addition to the information that the U.S. will reopen its embassy in Kyiv.
Brink can be the primary official U.S. ambassador to Ukraine since 2019 when former President Donald Trump recalled Marie Yovanovitch, additionally a profession diplomat who gained widespread consideration for testifying in Trump’s first impeachment trial — the place the then-president was accused of withholding navy help to Ukraine for his personal political functions. Since Yovanovitch’s ousting, Kristina Kvien had quickly served instead of an envoy.
“The administration made essential progress in the present day in safeguarding our nationwide safety and strengthening our diplomatic corps by nominating Bridget Brink to function Ambassador to Ukraine. Notably as Russian forces bear down in communities throughout Ukraine with horrifying violence, having an Ambassador positioned is important to coordinate key navy and humanitarian help and assist our companions defend themselves,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) mentioned in an announcement.
Shaheen chairs the Senate International Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Safety Cooperation, and is a senior member of the Senate Armed Providers Committee. She’s additionally a member of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, and final week led a bipartisan congressional delegation to the Balkans to indicate continued U.S. help for its Japanese European allies.
“Brink will play a crucial position on this pivotal second to carry Russia accountable and empower Ukraine to defend itself as we coordinate a united response with our European allies. I look ahead to her nomination being swiftly thought-about and confirmed by this Senate.”