Russian ambassador returns ‘optimistic’ to Washington – Times of India

MOSCOW: The Russian ambassador in Washington flew again Sunday to the United States saying he hoped to construct “equal and pragmatic” ties after a US-Russia summit in Geneva aimed toward lowering tensions.
The airplane transporting ambassador Anatoly Antonov, who was recalled in March for consultations, took off at 9:20 a.m. (0620 GMT) from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for New York, the place he’ll journey on to Washington, Russian information businesses reported.
“Given the results of the meeting between the two presidents, I am counting on constructive work with my American colleagues to build equal and pragmatic relations,” Antonov informed the Ria Novosti company, including he was in an “optimistic mood.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated Wednesday that Moscow and Washington agreed for his or her ambassadors to return, after summit talks in Geneva with US counterpart Joe Biden.
Diplomatic relations between Moscow and Washington had all however damaged down since Biden took workplace and accused the Kremlin of interfering in US elections and launching cyberattacks.
After Biden likened Putin to a “killer”, Russia in March took the uncommon step of recalling ambassador Antonov and stated the US envoy John Sullivan to Moscow likewise ought to return to Washington.
Sullivan left Moscow in April, as the 2 international locations introduced a wave of tit-for-tat sanctions and expulsions of diplomats.
“After an important summit, I look forward to returning to Moscow soon,” Sullivan was quoted as saying in a tweet by the US embassy’s spokesman Jason Rebholz.
Sullivan recalled how he and his crew will perform “Biden’s policy directives outlined in Geneva, including strategic stability, #humanrights, a stable & predictable relationship w/ #Russia.”
In May, Russia formally designated the United States an “unfriendly” state, barring its embassy from using Russian nationals. The solely different nation on that record is the Czech Republic.

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