Russian Ambassador Arrives at Diplomatic Mission in Washington

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Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov has arrived at the Embassy of Russia in Washington, DC, a Sputnik correspondent reports.

The Russian diplomat departed from Moscow at around 9:20 a.m. local time on Sunday (6:20 GMT). The plane carrying Antonov landed at the JFK Airport in New York at 11:58 a.m. EST (15:58 GMT). The ambassador then headed for Washington.

Antonov told journalists upon his arrival in the United States that Russian diplomats in the US were ready to fix bilateral relations. The ambassador said he would start scheduling consultations with US diplomats starting Monday to discuss the variety of issues raised by the presidents of the two countries during the Geneva summit on Wednesday.

Antonov told Sputnik on Sunday that he was flying back for work at the diplomatic mission in Washington with optimism, noting that lots of work was ahead to rebuild bilateral relations.

Antonov and US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan traveled to their home countries for consultations this spring. At their summit in Geneva, presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden reached an agreement on the ambassadors’ return.

Sullivan said on Saturday that he would return to Moscow soon.

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