Kerry for US secretary of state - Russia

2012-11-08 13:00

Moscow - Russia would like to see US Senator John Kerry replace Hillary Clinton once the US Secretary of State steps down at the start of President Barack Obama's second term, a news report said on Thursday.

US officials said on Wednesday that Clinton intended to keep her promise to leave the White House administration after the presidential ballot despite her boss having firmly secured a new four years in office.

Speculation has been rife that Washington's top foreign policy assignment may go to either the Senate Foreign Affairs committee chairperson Kerry or Washington's UN ambassador Susan Rice.

An unnamed source in the Russian foreign ministry told the Kommersant business daily that Moscow would "much prefer" to see Kerry take the post.

The source said Rice was viewed as "too ambitious and aggressive" in Russian diplomatic circles. The UN ambassador had fought fiercely with Moscow over its refusal to back firmer action in the Syria crisis in the past year.

"It would be more difficult for Moscow to work with Washington" if Rice became Secretary of State, the unnamed Russian official said.

The source added that Moscow's only fear was that Obama may choose against naming Kerry because this could see the Democratic Party lose an important Senate seat.

  • dane.herbst.5 - 2012-11-08 14:51

    how strange, yet another member of skull and bones gets a top position, america, run by the corrupt and everyone sits back and does nothing about it

      Werewabbit - 2012-11-08 15:01

      What are you on about?

      dane.herbst.5 - 2012-11-09 06:49

      that is my point exactly, most of you guys have clue who these ppl are running america yet you are happy to accept them as leaders etc cuz news24, cnn, sky all tell you its pk, do research on everyone!!!! kerry as well as the whole bush family are skull and bone members, look it uo for yourself, anyone who has ever been in that group has gone onto hold positions of power, be it in government or high profitable companies

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-08 15:26

    Lavrov routinely eat US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for breakfast. The calibre of Russian diplomats seems to me far better than those representatives I've seen from the west, who seem to talk from the same script with only minor adjustments. It seems almost robotic in delivery. I think it shows how shallow most of them are. Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, William Hague are good examples of why some people should never have children.

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