Biden listens as Antony Blinken, his secretary of state nominee, speaks last month in Wilmington, Del. Analysts expect Blinken to help bring back a sense of normalcy within the U.S. administration and in its day-to-day dealings with Moscow.

In this Nov. 24, 2020, photo, President-elect Joe Biden listens as his Secretary of State nominee Tony Blinken speaks at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks are quickly running into the political reality of a narrowly controlled Senate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)