Statement by Ambassador John J. Sullivan on Conviction of U.S. Citizen Trevor Reed

Today, U. S. citizen Trevor Reed was convicted in a Russian court following a trial in which the prosecution’s case and the evidence presented against Mr. Reed were so preposterous that they provoked laughter in the courtroom. Even the judge laughed. This conviction, and a sentence of nine years, for an alleged crime that so …

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Statement by Ambassador Sullivan: Honoring Representative John Lewis

On Friday, July 17, our country lost a civil rights icon, Representative John Lewis, following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer.  When he was diagnosed with the disease, John Lewis took it in stride, stating that he had been in some kind of fight – for freedom, equality, and basic human rights – for nearly …

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Statement by Ambassador John J. Sullivan on the Sentencing of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia

Ambassador Sullivan:  Good morning everyone.  I’m disappointed, crestfallen, outraged at what I’ve just heard.  An American citizen, who’s also a citizen of three other countries – the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland – has been sentenced to 16 years, so I’m told.  There was a judgement that was read by a judge – a three-judge …

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Ambassador Sullivan on Delivery of U.S. Ventilators to Russia

May 21, 2020 Today, the U.S. donated 50 life-saving ventilators to the Russian people. This $5.6 million humanitarian aid donation will eventually include a total of 200 U.S.-produced ventilators to save lives in Russia. Through the generosity of the American people and private industry innovation, the United States is providing critical medical supplies and ventilators …

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Ambassador John J. Sullivan on Patriots’ Day

Today is April 20, a very important day in my hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, as well as in several other states. The third Monday in April is called “Patriots’ Day” because it commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution in 1775 in Lexington, Concord, and Menotomy (now called Arlington), Massachusetts.  The City of Boston …

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Statement by Ambassador John Sullivan on Paul Whelan’s continued detention

It is during challenging times like these that we must not lose sight of what is fundamentally important.  As the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, my highest priority is the security and well-being of all U.S. citizens in this country.  This includes Paul Whelan, a U.S. citizen who has been unjustly imprisoned for nearly 16 months …

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Ambassador Sullivan’s Video Message (April 9, 2020)

Ambassador Sullivan: “The Mission Russia team has been working day and night to facilitate a charter flight for U.S. citizens & LPRs so they can return to the U.S. I’m pleased that the flight successfully departed Moscow this morning to help these travelers start their journey home.”

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador John J. Sullivan on Paul Whelan

March 23, 2020 Good morning.  I am very grateful for your being here today.  I am joined by my colleagues, the Ambassador from the United Kingdom, Ambassador Bronnert, and the Ambassador from Ireland, Ambassador McElduff. As the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, the security and well-being of American citizens is my highest priority. We are here …

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Ambassador Sullivan Meets with Chairman of Russia’s Accounts Chamber Aleksey Kudrin

As part of his continuing series of introductory meetings, Ambassador John Sullivan met today with Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation Aleksey Kudrin.  Ambassador Sullivan and Chairman Kudrin discussed bilateral economic cooperation, and the business climate and investment climate in Russia for U.S. investors.  Ambassador Sullivan looks forward to supporting open channels …

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U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation John J. Sullivan presents credentials to President Putin

Media Note February 5, 2020 U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation John J. Sullivan presented his credentials today to President Putin in a ceremony held in the Kremlin’s Alexander Hall. “As the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, I have been tasked by President Trump to improve our bilateral relationship and open channels of communication.  I …

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Ambassador Sullivan Meets with Russia’s Security Council Secretary Patrushev

As part of his continuing series of introductory meetings, Ambassador John Sullivan met February 4, 2020 with Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev to discuss the importance of bilateral cooperation in various spheres, including strategic security.  Ambassador Sullivan looks forward to supporting open channels of communication with representatives of the …

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Ambassador John J. Sullivan Meets with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

As part of his continuing series of introductory meetings, Ambassador John Sullivan met today with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Ambassador Sullivan has met Foreign Minister Lavrov previously on several occasions. Today’s constructive meeting continued an on-going dialogue between the two diplomats on bilateral and multilateral issues including counterterrorism, the Middle East and arms control.

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Ambassador John J. Sullivan Meets with Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov

January 29, 2020 As part of his introductory calls with Russian officials, Ambassador John Sullivan met today with Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov to discuss a variety of issues including counter-terrorism. The meeting was cooperative and informative, and Ambassador Sullivan looks forward to continued dialogue with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the …

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Ambassador John J. Sullivan Meets with Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov

Ambassador John Sullivan met today with Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov to discuss a variety of issues related to North Africa and the Middle East as part of his introductory calls with Russian officials. The meeting was candid and constructive, and Ambassador Sullivan looks forward to continued dialogue with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign …

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U.S. Ambassador to Russia John J. Sullivan to Arrive in Moscow

On January 10, 2020, at a ceremony presided over by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Samuel Alito swore in John J. Sullivan as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Friday’s ceremonial event followed the Ambassador’s official swearing in by the Secretary of State on December 23, 2019.

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Ambassador Jon Huntsman meets with Russian General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov in Moscow

U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Valeriy Gerasimov met in Moscow today to discuss security issues, including Syria, the Middle East, arms control, military transparency, and the broader U.S. – Russia relationship. There was also discussion on ways to …

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Ambassador Jon Huntsman meets with Federation Council Chair Valentina Matviyenko in Moscow

Ambassador Jon Huntsman met March 12 with Federation Council Chair Valentina Matviyenko.  Building on the productive conversations between the Congressional delegation that visited last year and Federation Council representatives, Ambassador Huntsman reiterated the desire of the American government to work together with Russia to facilitate inter-parliamentary cooperation, and raised issues which present opportunities for and obstacles …

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Ambassador Jon Huntsman Speaks at Media Roundtable in Vladivostok, April 24, 2018

Ambassador Jon Huntsman Remarks at Media Roundtable Vladivostok April 24, 2018 Ambassador Huntsman: I am delighted to be in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East. It is my first visit to Vladivostok. I have lived south of here in China, and I’ve lived in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, so I’m familiar with the broader East …

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U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Speaks with Alexey Venediktov of Echo of Moscow Radio

Ambassador:  Good morning Alexey.  It’s a great pleasure to be with you in the studio. Venediktov:  Of course, today’s event, Mr. Ambassador, is the publication of the so-called “Kremlin report” of the US executive power to the US Congress, and a separate list that was published. Could you tell our listeners what status this report …

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Ambassador Huntsman on the Naming of Media Organizations as Foreign Agents in Russia

Ambassador Huntsman on the Naming of Media Organizations as Foreign Agents in Russia: “We are very concerned about this recent move by the Russian government under the banner of the Foreign Agent Law. We’ve seen what this has done to civil society and non-governmental organizations by way of harassment, lawsuits, and effectively putting people out …

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Media Note on Cancellation of Ambassador Huntsman’s Travel to the Russian Far East

Shortly after his arrival to Russia in October, U.S. Ambassador Huntsman prioritized visits to cities where we actively support U.S. citizens and U.S. business interests and where we hope in the very near future to be able to renew consular operations. He was very pleased with his November visits to Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg where …

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Ambassador Huntsman’s Comments to Media during a November 17 visit to RFE/RL in Moscow

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., visited RFE/RL’s Moscow office on Friday, November 17. At the end of the visit, he gave the following comment to RFE/RL and answered a question by VOA: Comment: I’m here for a specific reason as the United States Ambassador. I’m here because we as Americans believe that …

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr.

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6, 2017 Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. President Donald J. Trump met with U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr., and his wife, Mary Kaye Huntsman, to wish them well as they return …

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U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. presents credentials to President Putin

U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. presented his credentials today to President Putin in a ceremony held in the Kremlin’s Alexander Hall. “As the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation,  I look forward to working to rebuild trust between our two countries and to strengthening the bilateral relationship based on cooperation on …

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Ambassador Tefft on U.S.-Russian Relations and much more

Ambassador Tefft in an Interview with TASS Russian News Agency   – Mr. Ambassador, as you told us already, you are going to leave in September and what do you think is your main achievement as Ambassador? – Well, I don’t know about achievements. I have a bunch of disappointments, as you’d imagine, in the bilateral relationship.  But you know, we try very hard at …

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Welcome Address by Ambassador Tefft at the International Fort Ross Dialogue Conference

  Welcome Address by Ambassador Tefft at the International Fort Ross Dialogue Conference Opening Session. Towards each other:  Russian trailblazers and American Pioneers Welcome Address   by Ambassador John F. Tefft   May 29, 2017 Good morning. I am honored to be with you here today to open the International Fort Ross Dialogue.  First of …

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Ambassador Tefft’s Participation in the International Fort Ross Dialogue

May 28, 2017 U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft will  take part in the International Fort Ross Dialogue May 29-30 in Pskov and Izborsk. The conference will facilitate conversation and collaboration between Americans and Russians. Ambassador Tefft’s participation in this forum demonstrates the United States’ long tradition of support for intercultural exchange between the people of our two countries.

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Ambassador Tefft visits Mission Control Center Moscow to observe Soyuz spacecraft launch

U.S. Ambassador John Tefft and his wife Mrs. Mariella Tefft today visited Mission Control Center Moscow (TsUP) to observe the successful launch of the Soyuz 50S/MS-04 spacecraft with U.S. astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin to the International Space Station. After the launch, Ambassador Tefft congratulated Mr. Oleg Gorshkov, General Director of the …

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Remarks by Ambassador John Tefft at the IV Arctic Forum: Territory of Dialogue

Good morning distinguished heads of state, officials, ladies and gentlemen. I want to thank the Russian State Commission on the Arctic for organizing this conference and for inviting me to address you as the United States representative. I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak to you about one of the great challenges of …

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“Never forget. Never again.” A blog post by Ambassador Tefft.

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of an act of heroism of the Soviet Army — the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. In remembering this historic day, we are called to reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust and honor the six million Jews and millions of Slavs, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, persons with disabilities, and …

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Why U.S. — Russia Trade Still Matters. An op-ed by Ambassador Tefft.

Sanctions and counter­sanctions might dominate the headlines, but the local backstory is one of mutually beneficial cooperation. First appeared in  The Moscow Times  on December 22, 2016. By  John F. Tefft In my time in Moscow, I have sometimes encountered misunderstanding about the nature of the United States’ trade relationship with Russia, and the U.S. government’s role in it. This confusion …

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