Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov has assured that Moscow has no plans for its ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, to return to the US in the near future.
In March Antonov was called to Moscow for consultations to review Russian-US relations. After that he did not return to the country where he was deployed for diplomatic tasks.
The reason Moscow asked for his presence was what the US president made in a television interview when he replied in the affirmative when asked whether he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was “a murderer”.
“It is not a question of the next few days,” Riabkov assured the Russian news agency Sputnik, stressing that Antonov’s return to the US “will depend on the steps Washington has taken in bilateral relations.”
With this in mind, he has stressed that he hopes Washington “can show a willingness to at least relatively normalize our relations and do something meaningful in this regard”.