MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia would like to see US Senator John Kerry replace Hillary Clinton once the US Secretary of State steps down at the start of President Barack Obama’s second term, a news report said on Thursday. US officials said on Wednesday that Clinton intended to keep her promise to leave the White House administration after the presidential ballot despite her boss having firmly secured a new four years in office. Speculation has been rife that Washington’s top foreign policy assignment may go to either the Senate Foreign Affairs committee chairman Kerry or Washington’s UN ambassador Susan Rice. An unnamed source in the Russian foreign ministry told the Kommersant business daily that Moscow would “much prefer” to see Kerry take the post.