Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and President Donald Trump at the White House last week. Photo Credit: @RusEmbUSA
UPI: Russian in Trump scandal may be U.N.'s new anti-terror chief
As if there wasn't enough controversy surrounding Sergey Kislyak. The Russian ambassador to the United States at the center of the Trump national security storm is set to become the United Nations head of counterterrorism, probably at under secretary-general level. The irony seems to have been lost on most of the world's media, with near-total silence about what looks set to be one of the U.N.'s most contentious appointments in recent years.
In April, the new U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Gutteres, set out his plan to streamline and fix the U.N.'s approach to counterterrorism and preventing violent extremism. Currently, there are 35 U.N. entities that deal with these issues. Those entities fall under the fields of peace and security, development, and human rights, and there has been a near-failure to coordinate their work. Gutteres has proposed a new office for counterterrorism that will have a full-time senior official to oversee, coordinate and streamline the U.N.'s work in this area. And the whisper-stream has repeatedly said that Kislyak is the front-runner for this position.
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WNU Editor: The U.S. media has been calling him a spy for sometime .... so I can imagine the reaction there. But he has been slated for that job. The question that needs to be answered is .... will the Russian foreign office agree to it, or do they prefer him to stay where he is now.