President Barack Obama has nominated his top Russia adviser as the next U.S. ambassador to that country. The adviser, Michael McFaul, helped the administration's work to "reset" the two countries' relationship.
McFaul is considered one of the nation's foremost experts on U.S.-Russia relations and has become a trusted policy adviser as the president has sought to ease long-standing tensions with Russia. Among the recent moves to begin the relationship anew was the signing of the New START treaty to reduce strategic warheads.
McFaul's nomination has been expected since May.
He was a campaign adviser to Obama on Russia and Eurasia before moving to the National Security Council to become the president's chief Russia adviser.