Who is Bridget Brink? Nominee for U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is veteran diplomat : NPR


President Biden introduced his intention to appoint Bridget Brink because the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. The profession overseas service officer has served as ambassador to Slovakia since 2019.

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President Biden introduced his intention to appoint Bridget Brink because the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. The profession overseas service officer has served as ambassador to Slovakia since 2019.

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The U.S. hasn’t had an official ambassador to Ukraine since 2019, when former President Donald Trump eliminated Marie Yovanovitch from her position. After a number of years and Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, President Biden says he plans to change that.

On Monday, the White House announced Biden’s intention to appoint Bridget Brink to the place.

Brink at the moment serves because the U.S. ambassador to Slovakia. The veteran diplomat has spent greater than twenty years within the International Service specializing in Europe and Eurasia.

State Division spokesperson Ned Worth said Monday that if confirmed, Brink will lead with “dedication and distinction.”

“Her many years of expertise make her uniquely fitted to this second in Ukraine’s historical past,” he added.

She’s held positions in different former Soviet republics

Brink, who hails from Michigan, holds levels from Kenyon Faculty in addition to the London College of Economics and Political Science and speaks a number of languages, together with Russian.

She initially joined the State Division in 1996, in accordance with her official biography, and started her profession in Belgrade, Serbia.

Through the years she’s held a number of roles on the State Division, together with Cyprus desk officer and deputy director for southern European affairs. She was additionally the director for the Aegean and the South Caucasus on the Nationwide Safety Council.

Brink served because the deputy chief of mission on the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia from 2011 to 2014, then in Tashkent, Uzbekistan for a yr.

From there she grew to become a senior advisor on the State Division’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, the place she was chargeable for points associated to Jap Europe and the Caucusus.

Trump nominated her as ambassador to Slovakia in 2019. She was confirmed by the Senate, which might want to occur once more to ensure that her to imagine her new place in Ukraine.

She has spoken concerning the ‘Translatlantic hyperlink’ in her skilled and private life

At her swearing-in ceremony in August 2019, Brink mentioned her deep ties to Europe, in what she described as a “Transatlantic bond” that “runs by my whole private {and professional} life.”

She recalled being a pupil in London when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, for instance. And going again additional, she advised a narrative about her household’s expertise in World Battle II:

“Virtually 80 years in the past, my husband’s grandmother, Ada McIntyre, survived the Blitz in Manchester whereas her husband, Bernard McIntyre, bravely helped evacuate the troopers trapped in Dunkirk as a member of the Royal Navy,” she mentioned. “In one other theater of the struggle, a younger U.S. Military physician named Donald Brink twice handled the American Commander of the struggle in Europe.”

In a type of instances, she mentioned, he and two different physicians had been referred to as on to finish Normal Dwight Eisenhower’s bodily to find out his eligibility for promotion to his fourth star.

Citing household lore, Brink mentioned her grandfather noticed that Eisenhower’s blood stress was a bit excessive, and inspired him to “lie down for a couple of minutes and assume completely happy ideas.” It labored, and he handed his bodily.

“The remaining, so they are saying, is historical past,” Brink mentioned. “Normal Eisenhower was promoted, grew to become the architect of the Normandy marketing campaign, after which President of the USA. Following the presidency, Normal Eisenhower additionally grew to become the primary Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.”

In that speech, Brink thanked a lot of her mentors, colleagues and members of the family — together with her two youngsters, her husband and her British in-laws, calling theirs “actually a Transatlantic household.”

She visited the Ukrainian border shortly after Russia invaded

Brink visited Slovakia’s border with Ukraine on Feb. 25, a day after Russia started its invasion, in accordance with a State Department release.

She mentioned on the time that the U.S. would proceed to offer help to the Ukrainian folks and work carefully with Slovakia to assist it reply to “this unprovoked and unjustified assault by Russia.”

“As all of us stand behind Ukraine, I’ve been carefully monitoring the availability of direct humanitarian assist by Slovakia to Ukraine and the gasoline return capability since 2014,” she added. “Witnessing the help and help that every one Slovak troops provide to Ukraine causes humility and admiration. My coronary heart is with each sufferer of this mindless struggle.”

This story initially appeared in the Morning Edition live blog.


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