Russian opposition leader sentenced to 20 days in jail

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His successor, career diplomat John Tefft was summoned out of retirement and served as U.S. ambassador to Russian Federation between 2014 and 2017.

The relationship between Russian Federation and the USA has been marred recently by a series of expulsions of diplomats and closures of diplomatic missions.

"As far as bilateral ties with the United States are concerned, their current level can not be satisfying", Putin said at the official ceremony.

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"We advocate for constructive, predictable, and mutually advantageous cooperation".

Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, an experienced diplomat, was confirmed as ambassador by the U.S. Senate at the end of last month.

The US Senate last week confirmed businessman, veteran diplomat and former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russian Federation, filling a crucial post at a time when ties are at dangerously low ebb. Huntsman, who also served an ambassadorship under President George H.W. Bush, arrives in Moscow as a special counsel back home probes allegations of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election. This year marks 350 years since the first diplomatic relations between the two countries were established.

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The US and its allies had already levied broad economic sanctions against Russian Federation over its alleged support for pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine and Crimea's reunification with Russian Federation after a referendum in 2014. Relations have continually worsened amid accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.

This will temporarily suspend his campaign for the presidential election next year.

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