Nikki Haley’s Resignation US Domestic Affair: Zakharova

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday Nikki Haley’s stepping down as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations is that country’s domestic affair.

"We took notice of the US statement. It is their domestic affair," she told TASS.

"After these resignations and appointments are executive, figuratively speaking, we will establish contacts with the United States’ new representatives. And now we will continue to work with the existing ones," she added.

 Haley, who has been the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations since January 2017, earlier on Tuesday announced her resignation. According to US President Donald Trump, she will leave her office at the end of the current year. Meanwhile, Bloomberg said citing two well-informed officials that Haley may be replaced by Trump’s former foreign policy adviser Dina Powell.

Russian senior MP expects no major changes after Haley's resignation

Senior Russian lawmaker  Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the international committee of Russia’s Federation Council upper parliament house told TASS on Tuesday that Nikki Haley’s stepping down as the United States’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations is highly unlikely to entail revolutionary changes since the country’s position on these or those matters is elaborated by the country’s leaders and the only thing that can change is the style.

"Obviously, it is too early to speak about possible changes in the United States’ approaches to the United Nations and the issues it addresses. In such situation, the personality factor plays a considerable but not the defining role," said Kosachev.

Nebenzya says sorry Nikki Haley is stepping down

Meantime, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said on Tuesday he regrets his US colleague Nikki Haley’s decision to step down.

"What we have heard today is her own decision," he said. "We must respect this decision. I am sorry she is stepping down because we have had working relations, despite all the gaps."