Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov returned to Washington earlier this week.
The US Ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, said on Thursday that he had returned to Moscow, from where he left in April amid a diplomatic crisis, the Interfax news agency reports.
US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks on June 16, which both leaders described as pragmatic, but unfriendly. Political relations between the two countries are still very strained.
“I am glad to return to Moscow,” Sullivan told. “I look forward to working with our colleagues in the Russian government to achieve our goal of establishing stable and predictable relations between the United States and Russia.”
The ambassador noted that the two powers need to conduct an “open and frank dialogue” on issues where there are differences between them.
“We must cooperate where it meets our mutual interests, and where we have disagreements – and we have significant differences-it is important to conduct an open and frank dialogue,” he said.
Sullivan left Moscow in April, saying that he was going to Washington for consultations. This happened four days after the Kremlin suggested that the US recall the ambassador amid a diplomatic crisis between the two countries.
Earlier, Russia recalled its ambassador to Washington after Biden said that he considers Putin a “murderer”, and the two countries imposed sanctions against each other. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov returned to Washington earlier this week.