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    Outgoing Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak will return to Moscow on July 22, Sergey Rogov, Scientific Coordinator at the Institute for US and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences told the Izvestiya newspaper.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to Rogov, Kislyak may revise his plans if the United States delays issuing the agreement for the next Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov.

    “On July 22 Ambassador Sergey Kislyak will return to Moscow. I met with him two weeks ago in Washington and he said that he had a ticket for this date. For some time a minister-counsellor will serve as a head of the Russia diplomatic mission in the United States,” Rogov said.

    He also said that the US Senate had not considered Jon Huntsman’s candidacy for replacing John Tefft as US ambassador to Russia.

    Kislyak has been Russia’s ambassador to the United States since July 2008. For a long time, he has been portrayed in the US media as a tool for spreading the Russian influence.

    In May, a source told Sputnik that Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee supported Deputy Foreign Minister Antonov as a candidate for the post of Russia’s ambassador in Washington replacing Kislyak.

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