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"Russia made me a diplomat": the heroine of Peshawar Lynne Tracy in Armenia
Material posted: Publication date: 03-03-2019
The new US Ambassador in Armenia Lynne Tracy February 27, spent the first day at a new workplace. Recall that the candidacy of Tracy in September 2018 was put forward by the President of the United States Donald trump, and in early January she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Colossal has prepared an information sheet on the stages of career and major statements of the most experienced American diplomat, who headed one of the largest embassies of America in one of the smallest countries in the world. From help in an obvious way, it follows that Tracy is a leading specialist us Department of state on Russia, not accidentally sent to Armenia, which consists of the Russian Federation in common defense and economic Union. Obviously Tracy will try to project their work from Yerevan, where the work actively expelled from Russia by the us government foundations and think tanks, to Russia, which today settled a significant portion of the Armenian people.


Lynn Tracy was born in Barberton, Ohio.

He received the degree of bachelor of arts in Soviet studies at the University of Georgia in 1986 and a law degree from the University of Akron in 1994

From 1987 to 1990, I lived in Russia, in Moscow.

"So in my youth I had a very good experience: I saw perestroika began, Russia then it was the Soviet Union became more open country. We can say that this experience has influenced my career choice: Russia made me a diplomat!".

He entered the diplomatic service in 1994, mainly engaged in the countries of Central and South Asia.

1995-1997 gg. — sent to Peshawar

1997-2000. — worked in Bishkek

2000-2001 — worked in the Office of the special representative in the newly independent States

2001-2002 — in Washington she has held the position of assistant in Georgia

2002-2003 — worked in Kabul

2003-2004 — in Washington she has held the position of assistant in Kazakhstan

2004-2006 — diplomatic representation in Astana

2006-2009 — head of the Consulate in Peshawar

2010-2011 — worked as Deputy chief of mission in Ashgabat

Next, he held the position of Deputy assistant Secretary for Central Asia at the Office for South and Central Asia

In 2014-17 , he worked as Deputy US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft — one of the conductors of the "color revolutions" in Georgia and Ukraine.


Was awarded the Secretary of state "For heroism" (2009) for service in Peshawar, and was also awarded several "Highest awards".

Projects Lynne Tracy

Judging by the articles in the media, Lynne Tracy has focused primarily on issues of cultural exchange but, nevertheless, was in charge of economic issues. Its "economic activity" is particularly evident in South and Central Asia.

TURKMENISTAN — 2012: the Project of the Transcaspian pipeline

In Ashgabat Tracy actively urged Turkmenistan to expedite the decision on the implementation of the Transcaspian gas pipeline project.

"The United States supports the construction project of TRANS Caspian pipeline (TCP), which are negotiating Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and the European Union," she said, speaking on the opening of the international conference "Oil and gas of Turkmenistan — 2012".
"The United States are of the opinion that if Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan agree on a pipeline that crosses only their territorial waters, no other country can veto this decision," she said.

Lobbied for a policy of rapprochement of the USA with Turkmenistan. As a result, Turkmenistan opened its representation of major U.S. companies such as Chevron, ExxonMobil, Jeneral Electric, Case. The US-backed TAPI project (the energy bridge Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) and TRANS-Caspian through the Caspian sea and Azerbaijan to Europe.

TASHKENT — 2012: Exit from the CSTO, including in the "Northern supply network" (SSP)

In July 2012, Tashkent sends to the Secretariat of the collective security Treaty (CSTO) a note on suspension of its membership in the initiated by Russia's military-political Union.

Preceded this event, the gradual alignment of the relations of Uzbekistan with the West. One of the most important factors determining the policies of Washington and Brussels towards Tashkent, was the question of the supply of the international coalition forces in Afghanistan. Tashkent began to consider his participation in the "Northern distribution network" (SSP), as a counterweight to Russia's ambitions.

While relations between Washington and Tashkent was improved not only at the level of diplomats with shoulder straps (in Kyrgyzstan there came the Minister of defense and former CIA Director), but diplomats in civilian clothes, among them, former Director for Central Asia at the national security Council Lynn Tracy.

The concept of a "New silk road"

Actively worked on the implementation of the concept "New silk road", so to speak, trying to cut through Afghanistan's window in Central and South Asia.


Visited Vladivostok. The working visit was the most closed off from the local mass media: a diplomat in the truest sense, running away from journalists at the airport, refused to be interviewed. At the same time to also hold a closed meeting with the Maritime business.

The meeting was held behind closed doors. The Deputy Ambassador did not make public statements, as well as the diplomats of her rank. Instead, conducted personal interviews invited on the sore. Despite the secrecy and the secrecy of receiving, the General message that the American was trying to convey to the business was: "America imposed sanctions against Russia reasonably, in response to the violation of the international law in Ukraine. While Lynne Tracy said that despite "difficult times" Russia and the United States in the future will be able to establish economic relations".

YAKUTSK — 2015

Visited Yakutsk. The delegation of the United States (Lynne Tracy, the US Consul General in Vladivostok Erik Holm-Olsen, his assistant for political and economic Affairs Victoria Butyleva and chief of security Michael Cestaro) received not a single official in Yakutsk.

Held a meeting in Yakutsk rotary. According to local media reports: "U.S. Ambassadors roam in every nooks and crannies of Yakutsk, not being allowed in the business community. And the only normal meeting was held at the rotary club. The theme of the meeting "the Role of public diplomacy in modern times".

2016 — "nationwide" tour

Soon after the appointment of the Deputy Ambassador of the USA in Russia John Tefft, Tracy began to visit regions of the country. American diplomacy in her face, spent (most actively in 2016) large-scale probing of the political situation in Russia. Lynn Tracy visited Sakhalin, Yakutia, Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok, Buryatia, Chelyabinsk, etc.

According to reports, Tracy was given the task to find out the mood of the active part of the population of the opposition, entrepreneurs, students, scientists, representatives of civil society. Its meetings were mostly held behind closed doors.

In Primorye spent four days. The program of the visit of the women's national open access was not. Held several meetings with representatives of opposition movements, graduates of exchange programs, representatives of some non-governmental organizations, scientists and businessmen.

In Yekaterinburg met with the Ural Industrialists, attended the Yeltsin center. The visit of the Deputy Ambassador of the USA in Ekaterinburg called "spyware". Moved Tracy in the car without number plates and tinted glasses. All in secrecy. In a five-star hotel where she was staying, I prefer to go through the basement, so do not accidentally meet with Russian journalists.

In Chelyabinsk she has devoted much attention to the communication with "foreign agents" in the face of the head of the Fund "For nature" Andrew Talevlin. Said Tracy with conservationists in Chelyabinsk somehow about Ukraine.

In Buryatia her visit fell on a very quiet time: at the last in Ulan-Ude the meeting participants demanded the early resignation of the head of the region Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn. It was reported that many opposition politicians ahead of the visit Tracy curtailed their activities and some even tried to "get away" on business trips to avoid this toxic lady.

PERM — 2017

The stated purpose of the visit Lynn, Tracy "a deeper understanding of the Russian Federation and its regions, research investment opportunities." Understanding, apparently, completely made up, but the investment was not, and never will.

Visit Tracy coincided with the displacement of the Governor of Perm region Viktor Basargin and the Minister of culture Igor Gladneva. Discussed issues of cultural and economic cooperation, visited Perm state University, where he met with the leadership of the University and talked with students.

Year 2017 — the Deputy of the "United Russia" requests the foreign Ministry to send 12 American diplomats from Russia

State Duma Deputy from United Russia Evgeny Fedorov made a request to Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov with the request to consider 12 expulsion of American diplomats from Russia, the activity of which, in his opinion, may threaten the national security of the Russian Federation.

Among them: the first Secretary of the US Embassy in Moscow Bradford bell, Deputy head of U.S. mission Lynne Tracy, Deputy Consul for economic Affairs of the USA on the Ural Michael Ritchie, the head of the political Department of the Embassy in Moscow Anthony Godfrey, Minister Counsellor for economic Affairs Embassy of the USA in Russia Douglas Kramer, Consul General in St. Petersburg, Thomas Leary and Consul in St. Petersburg Chad Norberg. These staff, Fedorov argued, hold regular meetings throughout the country with representatives of the so-called "fifth column" and "agents of influence" of the United States.

Goals in Armenia

"In Armenia the aim of our policy remains unchanged: the strengthening of independent, democratic and prosperous Armenia living in peace with its neighbors. And we reaffirm our commitment to a sovereign Armenia, which are free to choose their own partners, "said Lynn Tracy.

About the possible assistance of the US state Department Armenia

"In the US, the Armenians, in all likelihood, the most successful ethnic group. And we need to help the Armenians to be equally successful in their own country," she said.

According to her, the USA will focus on three areas that help keep necessary in a democratic society a balance and accountability.

"The fight against corruption — the direction that the new government of Armenia also called priority. And we try to assist in this direction. The strengthening of civil community, and this community played an important role in the events that took place. And assistance to independent media," he listed it.

About the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Empire in 1915

"The tramp and I personally acknowledge the historical facts of what happened in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 mass killings and deportations. I will do everything in my power to honor the memory of the victims, and take part in all the commemorative events."

Is Senator Menendez retorted that the murder of 1.5 million people is genocide.

"But we will appoint an Ambassador who will put flowers to the memorial of the Armenian Genocide, without naming the crime of genocide. It's actually funny. If we are not able to recognize the past, we can't get rid of it. We need to change the situation. We can't seem to pronounce this combination. The Armenian genocide. Here's what happened", — concluded the Senator.


The Armenian national Committee of America (ANCA) expressed regret at the fact that the candidate for the post of U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracy gave evasive answers to questions about the Armenian Genocide.

"We regret that L. Tracy so diligently and publicly used euphemisms and evasive statements to avoid proper condemnation of the Armenian Genocide", — said the Executive Director of the ANCA Aram Hamparian.


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