WASHINGTON, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It was with sadness that we learned today of the passing of Bob Strauss, whose legendary career spanned business, politics and diplomacy. He left a lasting mark on relations between Russia and the United States as America's first Ambassador to the Russian Federation and the first Chairman of the U.S.-Russia Business Council. His selfless offer to chair the Council conferred immediate stature and credibility to the organization. His leadership helped guide the Council's work for over a decade as it grew and brought together business leaders from both nations.
His contemporaries recalled today that Bob Strauss distinguished himself with grace, dignity and thoughtfulness, as well as a disarming sense of humor which helped our organization overcome some difficult moments. His vision was to increase trade and investment for the greater good of both Russians and Americans. We remain hopeful that his long-term goal can be realized, despite today's difficulties.
Bob Strauss was often quoted and it is fitting to recall his words from a lecture delivered in 1993: "Bridging the great divide (between the United States and Russia) will not be easy; it will not be quick. But it will be the pressing challenge of the future." We are deeply grateful for Bob Strauss's commitment to building bridges between the American and Russian peoples and his years of service to our member companies. On behalf of the entire U.S.-Russian Business Council, we offer condolences to the Strauss family.
The U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC) has offices in Washington, DC, and Moscow, and provides strategic advice, advocacy and government relations support to its 220 members. Please see www.usrbc.org for more information.
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