White House rejects Rojanski’s candidacy as director for Russia in the National Security Council

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White House rejects Rojanski's candidacy as director for Russia in the National Security Council

A number of Moscow critics have spoken out against his appointment.

The nomination of an expert on Russia for the National Security Council under President Joe Biden, which has sparked outrage among prominent Kremlin critics, is no longer being considered, Politico reported.

Citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, the newspaper writes that the director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Matthew Rojansky, was being considered a candidate for the post of director for Russia on the National Security Council.

This influential role would make him a key liaison between the various departments of the cabinet, trying to give a coordinated response to the aggressive actions of Russia in Eastern Europe, the publication notes.

However, several current and former officials have warned the White House against Rojanski’s appointment. In their opinion, this would serve as a signal for a conciliatory US policy towards Moscow, Politico indicated.

According to the newspaper, the process of hiring Rojanski has gone quite far. He was considered for the role for at least six weeks when his name was made public by the Axios news site.

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The news sparked outrage among prominent hardliners on Russia, including activists Bill Browder and Garry Kasparov, as well as the largest organization of Ukrainian Americans in the United States, the newspaper said.