R. Nicholas Burns, a career foreign service officer in charge of Russian affairs at the National Security Council, is to be named the new spokesman at the State Department, a senior U.S. official said Thursday.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher will make the announcement soon, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Burns, 39, a 14-year veteran of the foreign service, is responsible for all former Soviet republics at the White House. He has served in Egypt and Israel.
He has assisted President Clinton and former President George Bush at U.S.-Russian summits, earning the respect of reporters with his detailed knowledge. He also was one of the few White House staffers held over when Clinton succeeded Bush in 1993.