U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan will travel to Washington this week for consultations with representatives of the White House, and then “in the coming weeks” will return back to Moscow. Axios reported this on Monday, April 19, citing a State Department spokesman.
According to Axios, the chief of the American diplomatic mission in Russia will return to the United States this week “to meet with his family and representatives of the new administration whom he has not had an opportunity to consult with since he agreed to continue in his post indefinitely.
A State Department spokesman added that Sullivan “will return to Moscow in the coming weeks.
The Foreign Ministry has not yet officially commented on the ambassador’s possible departure for consultations in Washington.
Earlier, on Tuesday, Axios news portal reported on the opposite plans of Sullivan, citing sources. According to the publication, the U.S. ambassador is refusing to leave Russia after the Kremlin recommended “to return home” in connection with the new sanctions imposed by U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration.
Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov held a joint meeting with the American diplomat, at the end of which he suggested that Sullivan return to Washington for consultations.
On April 19, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that Russia’s proposal to send American Ambassador John Sullivan back to Moscow for consultations is still relevant.
The United States announced new anti-Russian sanctions on April 15. Thirty-two legal entities and individuals from Russia fell under the restrictions. The administration of the U.S. president said the restrictions affected those allegedly involved in trying to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election, as well as “other acts of disinformation and interference.