Britain's Foreign Ministry Political Director Tim Barrow (R) is pictured near Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (L) during an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Britain's new EU ambassador is a veteran diplomat chosen to bring toughness and experience but also to calm civil servants restive over London's cryptic Brexit strategy, former colleagues and experts said Thursday.Tim Barrow, the man charged with ironing out the path to Brexit, has handled Britain's rocky relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the past six years as the ambassador to Moscow.Before becoming the ambassador to Russia, Barrow was at Britain's EU embassy in Brussels as the U.K. representative to the bloc's political and security committee and ambassador to the Western European Union from 2008 to 2011 .Stephen Wall, ambassador to Brussels from 1995 to 2000, was quoted as saying: "What most civil servants actually want is clear political direction.A European diplomatic source in Brussels told AFP that Barrow getting the job was a victory for the Foreign Office.
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