US Senate approves William Burns, veteran diplomat, as CIA director.
ON THURSDAY, the US Senate approved William Burns's candidacy for the post of director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), nominated by President Joe Biden, according to American media.
Before this, Burns was supported by the relevant committee of the US Congress's upper house.
Biden nominated Burns as head of the CIA back in January 2021.
According to the American leader, he has the "essential information, the capacity to evaluate the circumstances, and we need these qualities to prevent the menace and solve the obstacles before they can get into our region.
Senators from both parties had no objection to this candidacy from the outset. However, in early March, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz said he would block Burns's approval until he achieved tougher sanctions against Nord Stream 2. On Thursday, Cruise admitted unblocking Burns' consent process after the US Department of State warned further definitive steps to companies connected to the Nord Stream 2 plan.
The completion of the procedure for approving Burns as head of the CIA coincided with media reports about the preparation of new sanctions by the United States against Nord Stream 2.
Bloomberg, citing informed sources, wrote that the Biden administration is studying the possibility of imposing sanctions against the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, Nord Stream 2 AG. According to the agency, the insurance company that worked with the vessels involved in laying the gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea and other companies that provided the vessels and materials necessary for the project may also be sanctioned.
William Burns was the American ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008 and was involved in attempts to reset relations with Moscow during the early years of President Barack Obama's administration. Then, from 2011 to 2014, he was the first deputy secretary of state of the United States - at that time, Hillary Clinton held this position - after which he resigned. In total, Burns devoted 33 years to the civil service, and in 2015 he became president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.