Senate confirms McFaul as ambassador to Moscow

December 17, 2011 - 3:52 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Michael McFaul, President Barack Obama's top adviser on Russia, to be the next U.S. ambassador to Moscow.

McFaul is regarded as one of the nation's leading experts on U.S. relations with Russia, and has been involved in the Obama administration's efforts to restore shaky relations with the Moscow government.

The former Stanford professor 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.

Obama nominated McFaul for the ambassador's post last September, but a Senate vote on his confirmation was held up by a Senate Republican with issues over U.S. policies toward Russia.