Biden nominates Bridget Brink to be Ambassador of Ukraine

WASHINGTON —

President Biden announced Monday that he plans to nominate Bridget Brink for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine.

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Brink currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, having spent her 25-year career focused on advancing U.S. policy in Europe and Eurasia. She has served roles in the State Department and various U.S. embassies, according to the nomination announcement.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Brink is “deeply experienced in the region, who’ll be a very strong representative,” The Hill reported.

Ukraine has not had a U.S. Ambassador since 2019, when then-President Trump removed Marie Yovanovitch, The Washington Post reported. Brink will need to be confirmed by the Senate. She was nominated to her current post in 2019 by Trump and confirmed by a voice vote, according to The Hill.

Brink holds Master’s degrees in International Relations and Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science. According to her profile page on the U.S. Embassy in Slovakia website, Brink speaks Russian and Serbian, as well as basic Georgian and French.