By Anthony Marcus, for Eurasia Business News, September 4, 2022
U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan completed his mission and left Moscow on Sunday, announced the US diplomatic mission.
“U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation John Sullivan completed his work as a U.S. envoy and left Moscow today,” the U.S. Embassy said in a statement on Sunday.
Sullivan was appointed U.S. ambassador to Moscow in December 2019 by the U.S. President Donald Trump and served in that position for nearly three years.
As noted in the message, “after leaving, John Sullivan will complete a 40-year career in public service, during which he worked under five U.S. presidents, including the post of U.S. Under Secretary of State, senior positions in the U.S. Departments of Justice, Defense and Commerce.”
The U.S. Embassy says that “until Ambassador Sullivan’s successor arrives, Elizabeth Rood will serve as chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.”
Last year, the diplomatic missions of Russia and the United States remained without ambassadors for several months after another aggravation of relations between the two countries.
Even before the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, the Kremlin said that relations between Russia and the United States “actually lie on the floor.”
On June 6, John Sullivan said Moscow and Washington could close their embassies. “They can, there is such a possibility. Although I believe that this would be a big mistake, “said Sullivan. According to him, the administration of the President of the United States is unlikely to support the closure of embassies. “I can imagine the only reason why the U.S. could be forced to close its embassy: it could be if it is unsafe to continue working,” he explained.
In mid-June, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow and Washington were “in a very, very hot spot of confrontation.” The only way to normalize relations between the countries, he called the US rejection “of the policy of hegemonism in world affairs” and the realization that “Russia does not want, cannot and is not going to be anyone’s vassal.”
In mid-August, the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that Moscow would break off diplomatic relations with Washington if Russia was recognized as a “state sponsor of terrorism.”
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