WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Victoria Nuland, a prominent figure in U.S. diplomacy and a staunch advocate for tough policies on Russia, has retired from her role as the third-highest-ranking U.S. diplomat, the State Department announced. Her departure comes amidst escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Nuland played a significant role in shaping America’s foreign policy for over three decades. Her tenure as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs saw her leading efforts to confront Russia over Ukraine.

Nuland’s retirement marks a departure from her ambitions to assume the role of deputy Secretary of State. President Biden’s nomination of Kurt Campbell to the position signaled a shift in the administration’s personnel strategy, ultimately leading to Nuland’s decision to step down.

Throughout her career, Nuland distinguished herself as a formidable advocate for U.S. interests, particularly in Europe. Her tenure as U.S. ambassador to NATO and State Department spokeswoman under Secretary Hillary Clinton emphasized defending Ukraine against Russian aggression.

Nuland’s departure, however, has elicited mixed reactions, with Russian officials seizing on the opportunity to criticize U.S. policy towards Russia. The Russian foreign ministry framed Nuland’s retirement as a reflection of the failure of the Biden administration’s approach, citing her advocacy for policies perceived as hostile towards Russia.

In response to Nuland’s retirement, seasoned diplomat John Bass will assume her responsibilities temporarily. The search for Nuland’s permanent successor is underway, with current U.S. ambassador to NATO, Julianne Smith, emerging as a leading candidate.