Tuesday, April 20, 2021
In the midst of tension
US ambassador leaves Moscow for the time being
After the US expelled Russian diplomats and imposed sanctions, US Ambassador Sullivan was advised to return home. Now the diplomat announces that he will actually fly to Washington. However, his return to Moscow is already planned.
The US ambassador to Moscow, John Sullivan, is due to travel to the US this week against the backdrop of increasing tensions with Russia. “Ambassador Sullivan is returning to the US for consultations,” said the US embassy. Last week Russia announced the expulsion of ten US diplomats and advised Sullivan to travel to Washington for “serious consultations”.
He believes it is important to speak “directly” with his new colleagues in the US administration of President Joe Biden “about the state of bilateral relations between Russia and the US,” said Sullivan, according to the statement. At the same time, the diplomat assured him that he would return to Moscow “in the coming weeks”.
The Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov was summoned to Moscow for talks on March 17 after Biden sharply attacked Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview. In an interview with ABC News, Biden replied in the affirmative when asked whether he thought Putin was a “murderer”.
Last week, the USA imposed numerous sanctions against Russia and announced the expulsion of ten Russian diplomats from the USA because of alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election in November and a cyber attack. Russia for its part then announced the expulsion of ten US diplomats.
The historical rivalry between the USA and Russia had recently intensified. Biden has announced a tougher course with Moscow after his predecessor Donald Trump was accused of being too indulgent with Putin. Relations are being strained, among other things, by the growing tensions in the Ukraine conflict and Russia’s dealings with the imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny. In the meantime, however, Biden proposed a summit meeting with Putin in a third country.