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Russian Foreign Ministry Receives New US Ambassador John Sullivan

Russian Foreign Ministry Receives New US Ambassador John Sullivan
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo officiates the swearing-in ceremony for John J. Sullivan as U.S. Ambassador to Russia, at the Department of State, on December 23, 2019

Yesterday, the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C. received the new U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan. The meeting was chaired by Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov.

“On December 30, 2019 Ambassador of Russia to the United States Anatoly Antonov met at his residence with the newly appointed Ambassador of the United States to Russia John Sullivan,” the statement from the Russian Embassy reads, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

“They had an exchange of views on the current state of U.S.-Russia relations as well as prospects for their development,” the statement added.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented after talks with his US counterpart Michael Pompeo earlier this month that he viewed Sullivan as a “highly professional and experienced diplomat.”

Sullivan said in mid-December that his work in Moscow would focus on areas where Moscow and Washington can still cooperate despite current contradictions. He said the priority would be on the issues of the arms control in the interests of both countries, exchange of information in the sphere of anti-terrorism fight, security in the Arctic as well as other issues, reported TASS.

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