24 Jan '12, 10am

New US ambassador sparks Russia's fury - AsiaOne

New US ambassador sparks Russia's fury - AsiaOne

MOSCOW - A top Russian lawmaker called Tuesday for a parliamentary probe after the new US ambassador met the leaders of current protests against strongman Vladimir Putin. President Barack Obama's chief Russia adviser Michael McFaul, who arrived as US ambassador on January 16, prompted fury in the state media by holding the private talks within his first 48 hours on the job. McFaul - author of the so-called "reset" in US-Russia relations and a veteran Kremlin watcher who once worked in Moscow as an analyst - described his decision as a part of Washington's "dual track engagement" of Moscow. "Just as President Obama did when he visited Moscow in July 2009, all senior US officials visiting Russia make a point of meeting with both government officials and civil society leaders," McFaul wrote on his blog last week. But a commentator on Russia's main Channel One television immed...

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