The US Senate last week confirmed businessman, veteran diplomat and former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russian Federation, filling a crucial post at a time when ties are at dangerously low ebb.
The Kremlin has dismissed Navalny, who has faced repeated jailings and criminal cases, as an urbanite out of touch with people living in Russia's 11 time zones where Putin draws his support from.
Tempers were somewhat more subdued on Tuesday at a ceremony in the Kremlin's St. Alexander Hall, where Putin received credentials from more 20 foreign diplomats, including Huntsman. "So far there are certain problems concerning mutuality", he said.
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov blamed the United States for the severe troubles in the relationship, asserting that Putin believes closer cooperation is in the interests of both countries and the world but that "it is impossible to realize those intentions on our own, without a partner".
State-run RIA Novosti news agency reported that Muscovites laid flowers outside the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
'Rick and Morty' fans win a day of McDonald's Szechuan sauce
A McDonald's spokesperson confirmed the fabled sauce's imminent release and said they'd be in touch "with more details soon". At first, the chain did almost nothing - it tweeted the words "McNugga Lubba Dub Dub" in a reply to @ RickandMorty .
The US sent a new ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman arrived in Moscow on Monday to take over from John Tefft, who left after serving in Russia for three years.
Huntsman said at his confirmation hearing that there was no question Russian Federation interfered during the 2016 campaign.
The former 2012 GOP presidential candidate is taking over a high-profile post amid ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.
"I will seek out Russian people from all walks of life to share perspectives, to relay American values, and to deepen my growing appreciation for Russia's rich and fascinating history and culture", he added.