US ambassador in Moscow resigns: media report

Jon Huntsman Resigns as Ambassador to Russia — Reportedly Considering Run For Utah Governor

Jon Huntsman, whose two-year tenure as the U.S. ambassador to Russian Federation has been characterized by disagreements with the Kremlin, is stepping down with a stark warning of "irreconcilable" divisions between Washington and Moscow and a warning to hold "Russia accountable when its behavior threatens us and our allies".

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman is returning home to Utah where he is reportedly mulling another run for governor.

According to US media, Huntsman is mulling another run for governor of Utah.

Before serving in the Trump administration, Huntsman was the governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009, before being appointed by President Obama as USA ambassador to China.

Huntsman also served as USA ambassador to Singapore in the early 1990s, as well as a deputy US trade representative under former President George W. Bush.

In a resignation letter sent Tuesday morning to President Trump, Huntsman characterized his tenure as a "historically difficult" time in bilateral relations. The State Department confirmed details of the Tribune's reporting with regard to Huntsman's resignation.

Huntsman revealed in November that he had stage one melanoma - a diagnosis that he did not share with anyone in Moscow out of concern over how the information would be received.

During his time in Moscow, Huntsman sought to improve relations between the USA and Russian Federation. He was also a Republican presidential candidate in 2012, eventually losing the nomination to his Mitt Romney, who is now a U.S. Senator from Utah.

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A Republican, Huntsman was Ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush.

In 2018, critics called for Huntsman to resign in the wake of what they saw as an embarrassing summit in Helsinki between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump said he believed Russia's denial of any interference in the vote. "Not much to do in U.S. -Russia relations right now", former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said in a tweet. No reset or restart is going to help, just a clear understanding of our interests and values - and a practical framework for sustaining dialogue.

Huntsman's posting in Moscow was his third overseas diplomatic role.

Huntsman's direct involvement reflected concerns Whelan's arrest was retaliation for the US conviction of Russian spy Maria Butina.

A poll released by the Salt Lake Chamber two days ago showed him trailing Lt. Governor Spencer Cox among likely voters 33% to 32%.

Englund reported from Moscow.

Voicing appreciation for the team he's worked with, the ambassador adds that the Mission Russia team "is first-rate and every American would be proud of their work".

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