US President Donald Trump has nominated John Sullivan as the new Ambassador to Russia, reports Fox News, citing a statement from the White House. The latter holds the position of Deputy Head of the American Foreign Ministry. In March of this year, Sullivan temporarily served as head of the State Department after the resignation of Rex Tillerson.
Earlier, Trump’s intention to send Sullivan to Moscow was reported by the Wall Street Journal. According to her, Russia agreed to his appointment to this post. The fact that Sullivan will replace the departed Russia Jon Huntsman, previously also wrote The New York Times, citing sources in the US presidential administration.
In late August, Sullivan’s candidacy was commented on by trump himself. He described him as a man who is respected in Russia. According to the President, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo appreciates him.
Earlier, among the candidates for the post of Ambassador to Moscow also featured the special representative of the American President on the DPRK, Stephen Biegun who in the early 1990s headed the Moscow branch of the International Republican Institute (later recognized as an undesirable organization). However, he decided to focus on the issue of the nuclear-free status of the Korean Peninsula.
John Sullivan became Deputy Secretary of state in May 2017. In the 1990s, he served as Deputy General Counsel for President George H. W. Bush’s campaign. He then worked at the law firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in Washington.
Huntsman has served as US Ambassador to Moscow since 2017, leaving Russia in early October. He submitted his resignation in August of this year. The diplomat intends to run for Governor in Utah.