US ambassador in Moscow heads home for consultations

MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Russia says he will head home for consultations this week to discuss U.S.-Russian relations with colleagues in the Biden administration and to visit his family. The move comes after Russia prodded him to leave. Ambassador John Sullivan emphasized in a statement on Tuesday that he would return to Moscow within weeks. Sullivan’s departure comes after Washington and Moscow expelled each other’s diplomats and traded other sanctions. Russia had specifically asked Sullivan to follow the example of the Russian ambassador to Washington, who was recalled for consultations last month. The Kremlin emphasized that it couldn’t order Sullivan to leave but could “recommend” that he do so amid the current tensions.