John Sullivan: US Ambassador to Russia leaves Moscow and will retire

Sullivan leaves amid a period of heightened tensions between the United States and Russia not seen in decades. He leaves after nearly three years as an ambassador in Moscow, where he oversaw the embassy as it faced increasing restrictions imposed by the Russian government.

“The U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, John J. Sullivan, completed his term as U.S. Envoy and left Moscow today,” the U.S. Embassy to Russia said in a news release.

“Ambassador Sullivan was appointed in December 2019 and served as Ambassador for nearly three years,” the statement said. “After he leaves, he will retire from a public service career that spanned four decades and five U.S. presidents, including serving as Under Secretary of State and in senior positions in the Departments of Justice, Defense and Commerce.

The embassy added that Elizabeth Rood will take over as Chargé d’Affaires until a successor takes over.

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