John Sullivan, ambassador to Russia, departs publish - POLITICO

John Sullivan, the U.S.' ambassador to Russia, concluded his time within the position and left Moscow on Sunday after virtually three years as envoy, based on a statement from the U.S. embassy in Russia.

Elizabeth Rood, an extra diplomat who became the deputy chief of the embassy, will take it over until the ambassador's successor is appointed and demonstrated, the commentary referred to. She has been stationed at the embassy on the grounds that June, however has been nominated to be the subsequent ambassador to Turkmenistan.

Sullivan became appointed through former President Donald Trump in 2019, however turned into asked to reside on through President Joe Biden. "Following his departure, he will retire from a career in public provider that has spanned 4 decades and 5 U.S. presidents," the statement referred to.

The ambassador faced ancient challenges, together with Russia launching an all-out struggle in opposition t Ukraine in February. He also had barriers within the embassy, together with staffing cuts, turnover and layoffs.

"He's in an awful position," Russia analyst Daniel Fried mentioned almost immediately earlier than the war all started.

individuals of the Biden administration appreciated Sullivan staying on from the Trump administration, POLITICO reported in February.

"we've relied on his knowledge and counsel on Russia considering Day one of the crucial Biden administration," White house national protection adviser Jake Sullivan — no relation — instructed POLITICO on the time.

John Sullivan also served as deputy secretary of State below Trump, and has held senior positions in the departments of Justice, protection and Commerce. On Saturday, he attended the funeral of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

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