Diplomatic relations between the 2 international locations had all however damaged down since Biden took workplace.

Russia’s ambassador to the US has flown again to Washington, DC, saying he hoped to construct “equal and pragmatic” ties after a US-Russia summit in Geneva geared toward lowering tensions.

The airplane transporting Ambassador Anatoly Antonov, who was recalled in March for consultations, left Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport on Sunday for New York, the place he’ll journey on to Washington, Russian information businesses reported.

“Given the outcomes of the assembly between the 2 presidents, I’m relying on constructive work with my American colleagues to construct equal and pragmatic relations,” Antonov advised the Ria Novosti company, including he was in an “optimistic temper”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, following summit talks in Geneva with US counterpart Joe Biden, stated on Wednesday that Moscow and Washington agreed to return their ambassadors to put up.

Diplomatic relations between the 2 international locations had all however damaged down since Biden took workplace and accused the Kremlin of interfering in US elections and launching cyberattacks.

After Biden likened Putin to a “killer”, Russia in March took the uncommon step of recalling Ambassador Antonov and stated the US envoy John Sullivan to Moscow ought to return to Washington.

Sullivan left Moscow in April as the 2 international locations introduced a wave of tit-for-tat sanctions and expulsions of diplomats.

“After an essential summit, I sit up for returning to Moscow quickly,” Sullivan was quoted as saying in a tweet by the US embassy’s spokesman Jason Rebholz.

US-Russia relations have been deteriorating for years, notably with Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, its 2015 intervention in Syria and US fees – denied by Moscow – of meddling in the 2016 election received by Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump.

Putin said last week it was “arduous to say” if relations would enhance, however that there was a “glimpse of hope”.

The Russian chief referred to as Biden a constructive, skilled associate, and stated they spoke “the identical language”.

However he added that there had been no friendship, reasonably a practical dialogue about their two international locations’ pursuits.