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A Russian senator said on Tuesday that newly-appointed U.S. Secretary
A Russian senator said on Tuesday that newly-appointed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was more professional in certain areas than president-elect Barack Obama.

"The new secretary of state is more professional in her field than the president-elect is in his. Moreover she has someone to get advice from since she's Bill Clinton's wife," said Mikhail Margelov.

U.S. president-elect Barack Obama officially announced on Monday the appointment of Hillary Clinton as the new U.S. secretary of state.

The Russian senator also said that the former first lady would have to solve a mass of other problems left behind by the Bush administration, such as Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, terrorism, and NATO expansion.

He suggested that in regard to Russia she would focus more on human rights issues, including independent courts and support for democratic incentives.

He also said that this could mean a softening of what he called U.S. "unipolar" policies, adding that Moscow should not attempt to predict "whether US diplomacy will be better or worse in regard to Russia in the future, but rather be fully prepared."

Obama, who campaigned on a "change" ticket, has been criticized in some quarters for giving jobs to Washington insiders. He has also announced he will keep Robert Gates as defense secretary.


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