The White House has confirmed that US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan is returning to Washington for consultations. This was stated by the press secretary of the US Presidential Administration Joe Biden, answering questions from journalists during a briefing on April 20.
When asked whether the ambassador would return to Russia, Psaki answered in the affirmative.
"Yeah, that is absolutely the intention. He’s returning home this week to visit his family — he hasn’t been home in about a year, I believe; meet with members of the new administration with whom he has not had a chance to consult with since he agreed to continue serving in his post. And he’ll return to Moscow soon," said the press secretary of the White House.
She couldn't say for sure if Sullivan would meet with the president. According to Psaki, it is known that the ambassador will hold a meeting with the new employees of the State Department, who began working after the change of administration.
Уarlier the Axios edition reported that the US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan refuses to leave the country after the Kremlin "advised" him to return home after new sanctions by the administration of US President Joe Biden.
Щn April 15, the United States introduced new sanctions against Russia.
According to the new anti-Russian sanctions decree, which was published on the White House website that day, the sanctions targeted more than 30 Russian organizations and included the expulsion from the United States of at least 10 Russian officials, including intelligence officers and diplomats.
Poland declared its solidarity with the United States, and the Russian ambassador was presented with a diplomatic note informing him of the recognition of three employees of the Russian Embassy in Warsaw as persona non grata, the Polish Foreign Ministry informs.
In response, Russia decided to expel ten American and five Polish diplomats from the country.
When the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of 10 American diplomats, Sullivan was not on their list. Instead, he was summoned to a meeting with the presidential aide for foreign policy, Yuri Ushakov, who recommended that he return to Washington for consultations with Biden administration officials.