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John F. Tefft
John F. Tefft
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8th United States Ambassador to Russia

November 19, 2014 - September 28, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Michael McFaul
Jon Huntsman Jr.
7th United States Ambassador to Ukraine

December 7, 2009 - July 29, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
William Taylor
Geoffrey Pyatt
United States Ambassador to Georgia

August 23, 2005 - September 9, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Richard Miles
John Bass
United States Ambassador to Lithuania

August 30, 2000 - May 10, 2003
PresidentBill Clinton
George W. Bush
Keith C. Smith
Stephen Mull
Personal details
Born (1949-08-16) August 16, 1949 (age 70)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Spouse(s)Mariella Cellitti Tefft
ChildrenChristine
Cathleen
Alma materMarquette University
Georgetown University

John F. Tefft (born August 16, 1949) is a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer since 1972. He was confirmed as the United States Ambassador to Russia on July 31, 2014.[1] He has previously served as the United States' ambassador to Ukraine,[2]Georgia, and Lithuania, as well as chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of the United States in Moscow.

Diplomatic career

Tefft is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, with the personal rank of Minister-Counselor. He joined the United States Foreign Service in 1972 and has served in Jerusalem, Budapest, Rome, Moscow, Vilnius, Tbilisi, and Kiev.[]

Until his appointment as ambassador to Georgia, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs since July 6, 2004. Tefft also served as International Affairs Advisor (Deputy Commandant) of the National War College in Washington, D.C. From 2000 to 2003, he was the United States Ambassador to Lithuania. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from 1996-99 (when Pickering was Ambassador), and was chargé d'affaires at the Embassy from November 1996 to September 1997.[] Tefft served as Director of the Office of Northern European Affairs from 1992-94, Deputy Director of the Office of Soviet Union (later Russian and CIS) Affairs from 1989-92, and Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Rome from 1986-89. His other foreign assignments included Budapest and Jerusalem, as well as service on the U.S. delegation to the START I arms control negotiations in 1985.[]

He has served in a number of positions at the State Department in Washington, D.C. and held a fellowship, working in the United States Congress.[]

On September 30, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Tefft as the next ambassador to Ukraine[3] and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 20, 2009.[4]

Tefft arrived in Ukraine on December 2, 2009[4] and President Viktor Yushchenko accepted Tefft's credentials of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary on December 7, 2009.[] The Ambassador expressed his hope for fruitful cooperation. Tefft delivered his speech in Ukrainian.[5]

On February 26, 2013, President Obama nominated Geoffrey R. Pyatt to succeed Tefft as Ambassador of the United States to Ukraine.[6] Pyatt was sworn in on July 30, 2013 and arrived in Ukraine on August 3, 2013.[2]

In July 2014, President Obama nominated Tefft as the United States Ambassador to Russia in Moscow, after receiving Russia's approval.[7] The Senate confirmed Tefft in a voice vote on July 31, 2014.[8] The confirmation followed several attempts as a number of ambassadorial appointments were being held up at the time. Strained relations with Russia over pro-separatist activity in eastern Ukraine, the country's annexation of Crimea, and the alleged shooting down of a commercial airliner, prompted senators to finally approve the nomination.[9] He presented his credentials to President Vladimir Putin on November 19, 2014[10] and left the position on September 28, 2017.[11]

In 2016, the Russian governor of the Samara Oblast, Nikolay Merkushkin, advised AvtoVAZagregat employees for help in paying wages and appeals to US Ambassador John Tefft.[12][13]

Awards

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Tefft has received a number of awards, including the State Department Distinguished Honor Award in 1992 and the DCM of the Year Award for his service in Moscow in 1999. He received Presidential Meritorious Service Awards in 2001 and 2005.[]

Biography

Tefft is a native of Madison, Wisconsin and holds a B.A. degree (1971) from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a M.A. degree in history (1978) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.[14]

Tefft is married to Mariella Cellitti Tefft, a biostatistician and nurse. They have two daughters, Christine, a lawyer at the State Department in Washington, D.C., and Cathleen, a program analyst at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C.

See also

References

  1. ^ Itkowitz, Colby. "Senate confirms nominee to be ambassador to Russia". www.washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b Yanukovych accepts credentials from new US ambassador, discusses with him Ukrainian-US relations, Interfax-Ukraine (August 15, 2013)
  3. ^ Ex- US ambassador to Georgia John Tefft to lead diplomatic mission in Ukraine, Interfax-Ukraine (September 30, 2009)
  4. ^ a b New U.S. ambassador Tefft arrives in Kyiv, Interfax-Ukraine (December 2, 2009)
  5. ^ Yushchenko accepted credentials of US Ambassador and Ambassador of Turkey to Ukraine, UNIAN (December 7, 2009)
  6. ^ Office of the Press Secretary (February 26, 2013). "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". The White House. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Obama's new man in Moscow is former ambassador to Crimea". Moscow News.Net. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "SENATE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS". www.periodicalpress.senate.gov. June 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "John Tefft confirmed as new US ambassador to Russia". The US News. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Ambassador Tefft Presents Predentials to President Putin". Embassy of the United States, Moscow. Archived from the original on November 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ " ? " (in Russian). Interfax. Retrieved 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ Samara Governor Merkushkin advised AvtoVAZ employees to ask the US ambassador for a salary
  13. ^ There was a record of threats by the governor Merkushkin to deprive AvtoVAZagregat salaries
  14. ^ "Wisconsin native and savvy diplomat Tefft picked for Russia ambassador". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. July 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Keith Smith
United States Ambassador to Lithuania
2000-2003
Succeeded by
Stephen Mull
Preceded by
Richard Miles
United States Ambassador to Georgia
2005-2009
Succeeded by
John Bass
Preceded by
William Taylor
United States Ambassador to Ukraine
2009-2013
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Pyatt
Preceded by
Michael McFaul
United States Ambassador to Russia
2014-2017
Succeeded by
Jon Huntsman Jr.

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