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US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan. Dossier

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan will travel to Washington to visit his family and meet with members of the new administration, with whom he has not had the opportunity to consult since he agreed to continue serving in his post indefinitely. This was stated by a representative of the American Foreign Ministry. Earlier, the media reported that Sullivan did not intend to leave Russia, despite the recommendations of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

John Sullivan.
John Sullivan. Photo: RIA Novosti / Stringer

April 16, after the United States announced new sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of Russian diplomats, Aide to the President of Russia Yuri Ushakov recommended that Sullivan travel to the United States for consultations.

Sullivan was nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation by former President Donald Trump on October 11, 2019. The Senate approved him on December 12, 2019, and on December 23, 2019, he was sworn in by the former U.S. Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo… Prior to his appointment as ambassador, he served as Undersecretary of State of the United States. The previous US Ambassador to Russia was John Huntsmanwho has held this post since October 2017.

Biography

John Sullivan was born on November 20, 1959 in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1981 he received his BA in History and Political Science from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Graduated from Columbia University Law School in New York in 1985. Has a Doctor of Laws degree. At university, he also received a Harlan F. Stone Fellowship and edited the Columbia Law Review’s book review section of the legal review.

From 1985 to 1986, Sullivan served on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for cases in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. In 1990 he became an assistant Supreme Court Justice David Suter

In 1991-1992 he worked in the Ministry of Justice as an advisor Assistant Attorney General John Michael Luttig, and in 1992 was one of the legal advisers in the Republican campaign headquarters George W. Bush

Prior to joining the US Department of State, Sullivan was a partner at the law firm Mayer Brown LLP and co-chair of that firm’s national security affairs.

In February 2004 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld appointed Sullivan Deputy General Counsel of the US Department of Defense.

From 2005 to 2008, Sullivan was the General Counsel of the Department of Commerce, from 2007 to 2008 – the Deputy Secretary of Commerce, and from 2010 to 2016 he chaired the special government committee to improve economic relations between the United States and Iraq.

From May 24, 2017, he was Deputy Secretary of State of the United States, and from April 1 to April 26, 2018 – Acting Secretary of State of the United States.

On May 24, 2017, after being approved by the Senate, he took office.

In July 2019, Sullivan led the US delegation to the strategic security talks with Russia in Geneva.

On October 11, 2019, the Trump administration announced that the president had nominated Sullivan for the post of the United States ambassador to Russia. The current head of the US diplomatic mission is a nephew William Sullivan, the last US ambassador to Iran (1977-1979).

Sullivan is married. His wife – Grace Rodriguez… The couple have three children – Jack, Catty and Ted.

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