JRL NEWSWATCH: “A new U.S. ambassador arrives in Moscow at a tricky time in U.S.-Russia relations” – Washington Post/ Carol Morello

File Photo of U.S. Embassy Moscow, with Russian Foreign Ministry Building in Distance

“Since his first job out of law school, John Sullivan has decorated his offices with two framed family heirlooms … a photograph of his father in his days as a submariner in World War II. … [and] a Newsweek cover from early 1979 showing his uncle, the last U.S. ambassador to Iran, surrounded by bearded Iranian students armed with assault weapons. ‘On my worst days, no one ever shoved a bayonet in my face, and no one tried to blow me out of the water,’ Sullivan said … after stepping down as deputy secretary of state … to become the next U.S. ambassador to Russia. Sullivan arrived in Russia last week at a time when relations between the two countries are at rock bottom. …”

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