John Sullivan has left Russia after almost three years as US ambassador, the diplomatic mission in Moscow announced on Sunday.
“U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation John J. Sullivan completed his term as U.S. envoy and departed Moscow today,” he said in a statement.
Sullivan, whose career “lasted four decades and five American presidents”, is now about to retire.
“Elizabeth Rood will serve as Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Moscow until Ambassador Sullivan’s successor arrives. says the embassy.
Sullivan had previously served as assistant secretary of state and retained the post of ambassador following the departure of Donald Trump. In June, he admitted that relations between Moscow and Washington had reached a historic low amid Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine. This made productive cooperation between the countries unlikely, the envoy said.
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Last year, Sullivan spent a few months away from Moscow after Washington announced a new package of anti-Russian sanctions and the Kremlin’s decision to recall its ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov. The US ambassador returned to Russia after a meeting in June between the countries’ presidents.
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