US ambassador in Moscow to leave to Washington for consultations

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Kremlin "recommended" that the diplomat leave Russia immediately
17:40, 20 April 2021

John Sullivan
Voice of America

John Sullivan, the US ambassador in Russia is about to return to Washington for consultations with the government. He also claimed he wanted to see his family back in the States. RIA news agency cited him; Reuters reported that as well.

According to the media, Sullivan wanted to return to the Russian capital "before a possible summit between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin within the next few weeks".

The Russian government "recommended" that the diplomat leave Russia immediately. However, Sullivan recently refused to do so.

Related: US ambassador refuses Kremlin push to leave Russia

"Washington and Moscow are currently at odds over a number of issues, including alleged Russian meddling in US elections and cyberattacks on US government websites that the US also blames on Russia. Biden has also caused political outrage in Russia by televised remarks in which he referred to Putin as a "killer." That comment prompted the recall by Moscow of the Russian ambassador to Washington for consultations last month. Washington and Moscow have recently expelled 10 of each other's diplomats in tit-for-tat moves. The US has also imposed numerous sanctions on Russian entities", reads the article. 

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