At 9:20 a.m. Sunday, June 20, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov took off from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport for Washington via New York. Antonov was recalled to his home country in March, and his return to Washington is now seen as a diplomatic fruit of the meeting between Putin and Biden in Geneva.
Since Biden took office, relations between Russia and the United States have quickly hit a new low: In March, the Russian government decided to send its ambassador home after Biden compared Putin to a murderer. A month later, U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan also announced his own return to Washington.
On his return to Washington, Anatoly Antonov told RIA Novosti that “in view of the results of the talks between the two presidents, I now look forward to working constructively with my American colleagues to build Russian-American relations on an equal and pragmatic basis,” and said he was in a “positive and optimistic” mood. “.
At the same time, U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan also announced that he will return to Moscow soon. The Russian Embassy in the U.S. quoted Sullivan as saying on Twitter that “the U.S. and Russian presidents just had a very important summit and I can’t wait to get back to Moscow. Sullivan also said that his work will be based on “strategic stability, human rights, and a stable and predictable relationship between the United States and Russia.
The imminent return of Russian and U.S. ambassadors to their respective posts in each other’s countries was confirmed by Russian President Vladimir Putin last Wednesday. At that time he had concluded a summit with Biden in Geneva. AFP said that the return of their respective ambassadors to their posts is a rare and concrete achievement of this Russia-US summit.