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June 08, 2021

US ambassador to Russia warned senators that Biden administration risks repeating predecessors' mistakes in dealing with Putin

Featuring Jim Townsend

Journalists Kevin Liptak, Jeremy Herb, Zachary Cohen, Natasha Bertrand

The day before the White House announced that President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin would hold their first in-person meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the US ambassador to Russia privately told lawmakers he's worried about Washington giving concessions to Moscow without getting anything in return.

In a two-hour briefing to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in May, described to CNN by two people familiar with the matter, Ambassador John Sullivan suggested that Putin is not acting in good faith with the US and the Biden administration risks repeating the same mistakes of its predecessors if it does not approach the issue with clear eyes, according to one of the sources.

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  • Jim Townsend

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    James Joye Townsend Jr. is an adjunct senior fellow in the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program. After eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European ...