Obama names new US ambassador to Russia


President Obama on Thursday tapped a diplomat experienced in issues relevant to eastern Europe to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia.

John Francis Tefft, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will fill the high-profile post that has been vacant since late February.

The announcement comes amid heightened tension between the U.S. and Russia over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

Tefft served as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine during Obama's first term and was the U.S. ambassador to Georgia during the administration of George W. Bush.