John Sullivan, Ambassador to Russia, steps down

John Sullivan, the US ambassador to Russia, completed his term and left Moscow on Sunday after almost three years as an envoy, according to a statement from the US Embassy in Russia.

Elizabeth Rood, another diplomat who was deputy head of the embassy, ​​will take over until the ambassador’s successor is named and confirmed, the statement said. She has been stationed at the embassy since June, but has been nominated to be the next ambassador to Turkmenistan.

Sullivan was nominated by former President Donald Trump in 2019, but President Joe Biden asked him to stay. “After leaving, he will retire from a public service career that spanned four decades and five US presidents,” the statement said.


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