Time.news – The Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, returns to Washington with “optimism” after the summit last Wednesday in Geneva between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden.
The plane on which Antonov boarded, recalled in March to Moscow for consultations, took off from Moscow for New York, from where the diplomat will travel to Washington, according to reports from Russian news agencies.
“Given the results of the meeting between the two presidents, I am counting on constructive work with my American colleagues to build equal and pragmatic relationships“, Antonov told the Ria Novosti agency.
Russian President Vladimir Putin anticipated Wednesday after talks with Biden that Moscow and Washington have agreed on the return of their ambassadors.
Diplomatic relations between Moscow and Washington had nearly broken since Biden took office and accused the Kremlin of interfering in US elections and launching cyber attacks.
After that Biden had called Putin a “killer”, Russia had recalled Antonov in March, while the American ambassador, John Sullivan, left Moscow in April, when the two countries announced a flurry of sanctions and expulsions of diplomats.
In May, Russia formally designated the United States as a “hostile” country. A spokesman for the US embassy in Moscow assured that Sullivan is “impatient” to return to the Russian capital.