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US Senate Confirms John Sullivan as Ambassador to Russia

© AP Photo / Natacha PisarenkoDeputy Secretary of State of the United States John J. Sullivan reads a statement regarding Venezuela during a press conference at the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, May 21, 2018
Deputy Secretary of State of the United States John J. Sullivan reads a statement regarding Venezuela during a press conference at the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, May 21, 2018 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States Senate on Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump's nomination of John Sullivan to be the new US ambassador to Russia.

The Senate voted 70-22 to confirm Sullivan's nomination.

Sullivan, who prior to his appointment served as deputy secretary of state, replaces Jon Huntsman, who completed his tenure in Moscow on 3 October.

Speaking on Tuesday during his visit to the US, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov praised Sullivan as a very highly professional diplomat and said that Moscow would be happy to cooperate with him.

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