On December 12, Senate approved the candidacy of Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan for the post of Ambassador to the Russian Federation. The meeting was broadcasted by C-Span.
More than half of the senators voted for him. Now the decree on his appointment is to be signed by President Donald Trump.
The previous ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, completed his work in Moscow on October 3.
On October 11, President Donald Trump sent a proposal to legislators to consider Sullivan’s candidacy for the post of Ambassador to Russia. On November 20, the senate’s foreign affairs committee approved it.
On November 23, Sullivan met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. They discussed the solution of problems in relations between the two countries. On November 27, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov expressed hope that if Sullivan was appointed ambassador, relations between Moscow and Washington would improve.