The Russian ambassador flew from Moscow to New York on Sunday, following a decision by Biden and Putin at a summit in Geneva.
The Russian ambassador to Washington, recalled for consultation in March, flew to the United States on Sunday as the culmination of the summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday.
The plane carrying Anatoly Antonov took off from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for New York at 9:20 am local time (8:20 am Switzerland) and then flew to Washington, Russian news agencies reported.
“As far as the outcome of the meeting between the two presidents is concerned, I am counting on constructive work to build relations with my American colleagues on an equal and practical basis,” he told Rhea Novosti. “In a optimistic mood,” he said.
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John Sullivan, the US ambassador to Moscow, announced his return to Moscow “soon”.
“After an important summit, I can’t wait to return to Moscow soon,” he was quoted as saying by a US embassy spokesman on Twitter on Saturday. He noted that “strategic stability, human rights, and a stable and predictable relationship with Russia” are the axis of the work.
A definite result
Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced his return to the posts of Russian and US ambassadors after meeting with Joe Biden in Geneva, a rare firm result of the much-anticipated summit.
Diplomatic relations between Moscow and Washington have deteriorated rapidly since Joe Biden took office in January, with Russia particularly blamed for a series of cyber attacks and its electoral interference in the United States.
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Outcome: In March, Russia decided to recall Anatoly Antonio after Joe Biden’s statements comparing Vladimir Putin to a “killer”.
U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan announced his return to Washington a month later for consultations, which the Kremlin called.