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Upon Exit, Russia Envoy Optimistic, But Urges 2nd 'reset'

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February 15, 2014 AT 1:27 PM
Michael McFaul, U.S. ambassador to Moscow, is heading home to California after an often-frustrating two years in Moscow, leaving as he came in, speaking his mind, and reaching out to ordinary Russians through face-to-face meetings and via Twitter. The 50-year-old Stanford professor, who arrived in January 2012, was the prime architect of the "reset" in U.S.-Russian relations after the strains of the Bush years. But as McFaul packs to leave after the Olympics, saying it's time to rejoin his family in Palo Alto, Calif., there are signs that Russia and the United States may be due for another "reset," focusing primarily on international issues.