Kremlin Speaker Dmitry Peskov commented on the imminent departure of US Ambassador John Sullivan from Russia.
The American diplomat will travel to Washington this week. It is noted that Sullivan will meet with members of the administration for consultation. The ambassador assured that he would return to Moscow before the meeting between Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden.
The departure of the diplomat was commented on by a representative of the Kremlin. Dmitry Peskov noted that “relations between Moscow and Washington today are at their lowest point” because of the latter’s sanctions policy. He recalled that Russia has taken several retaliatory measures to the US restrictions.
The Kremlin spokesman said the ambassador would return when “expediency arises.” Peskov also said that Sullivan was not forcibly expelled from Russia. According to him, the authorities can only recommend the diplomat to leave the country, but not force him to do so.
On Thursday, April 15, it became known that Washington imposed sanctions against Moscow. The list includes both individuals and legal entities. The US authorities accused them of trying to interfere in the elections and numerous cyber attacks. Russia denied these accusations.
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