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Biden brings back Nuland and Obama-era politicians

U.S. President-elect Joseph Biden has nominated a number of former diplomats who worked under President Barack Obama to posts in the U.S. State Department. One of them is Victoria Nuland, who is being nominated to the post of undersecretary of state for political affairs. This is according to a statement on the website of Biden's transition team, which was released on Saturday, January 16.

The statement notes that Ambassador Nuland has served under five U.S. presidents and nine Secretaries of State of both political parties for 32 years.

“Ambassador Nuland has the experience and connections needed to rally the world around advancing American interests as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Ambassador to NATO, and Special Envoy and Chief Negotiator for the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe,” the statement said.

Nuland is expected to replace the current Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Anthony Blinken.

In addition to her, Deputy Blinken is Wendy Sherman, who previously served as Undersecretary of State and was the lead negotiator on the Iran deal during the Obama presidency.

Biden will also appoint his longtime Senate aide Brian McKeon, former senior diplomats Bonnie Jenkins and Uzra Zea, Derek Chollet, Salman Ahmed, and Susie George to the State Department.

Earlier, it was reported that Biden talked about lifting sanctions on NSP2 against European companies if they refuse to participate in the construction of the pipeline.

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