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    Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump said that Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan “very well could be" the next US ambassador to Russia. The statement came after Jon Huntsman announced his resignation from the post.

    US President Donald Trump announced his intent on Friday to nominate Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan as ambassador to Russia, the White House said in a statement.

    "John Joseph Sullivan of Maryland, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Russian Federation," the White House said.

    US Senate has to approve Sullivan's nomination.

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