Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden’s ‘hard-nosed’ Russia negotiator

Wendy Sherman, the top diplomat dispatched by President Biden to Europe to help ward off a Russian invasion of Ukraine, was speaking on behalf of the United States to close out an extraordinary NATO session when members of the Russian delegation began passing notes and whispering among themselves.

Sherman, the No. 2 State Department official, abruptly stopped her remarks and “very crisply asked the Russians for their full attention,” according to a source familiar with the closed-door meeting.

“That’s the kind of thing that would come as no surprise for those who know Wendy,” the source added. “She is someone who can convey a powerful message and knows how to convey a powerful message.”