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U.S. ambassador to Russia John Sullivan leaves Moscow, will retire

The U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, has left his post and can retire, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow announced on Sunday.

Why it matters: The news headlines came being an abrupt surprise as Sullivan, who has served in the role since 2019, had given no prior public indication of likely to depart from his position.

  • Sullivan had presided over a tumultuous low amount of U.S.-Russia relations because the U.S. has firmly supported Ukraine against Russia’s war of aggression.

What they’re saying: The U.S. embassy said Sullivan had “concluded his tenure as U.S. envoy and departed Moscow today.”

  • “Following his departure, he’ll retire from the career in public areas service which has spanned four decades and five U.S. presidents, including service because the deputy secretary of state and in senior positions at the Departments of Justice, Defense and Commerce,” it added.
  • “Elizabeth Rood will assume duties as charge daffaires at U.S. Embassy Moscow until Ambassador Sullivans successor arrives.”
  • Sullivan on Saturday had attended the funeral of former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev, the Washington Post reported.

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