WASHINGTON, October 17. /TASS/. US President Donald Trump has nominated Undersecretary of State John Sullivan to be US ambassador to Russia, the White House said on Thursday.
According to the White House, 18 nominations have been sent to the Senate, which particularly include "John Joseph Sullivan, of Maryland, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Russian Federation." The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will now hold a hearing on the nomination, which will be followed by a vote in the committee, and after that, in the Senate.
On Monday, Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov said that Moscow was considering Sullivan’s nomination to be US ambassador to Russia. According to common practice, when a country appoints an ambassador, it is expected to get the consent of the country where the ambassador will work.
John Huntsman, who was appointed as US ambassador to Moscow in October 2017, stepped down in early October.
Sullivan served as Acting Secretary of State on April 1-26, 2018, following Rex Tillerson’s dismissal. In July 2019, he headed the American delegation to Russia-US talks on strategic stability in Geneva.