Russia Hopes Trump's Next Ambassador Can Fix 'Deplorable' Relations

Russia has said it hopes the next U.S. ambassador to the country will help fix the "deplorable" relations between Washington and Moscow, claiming again that the current political climate in the U.S. is Russophobic.

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan has been chosen as America's next representative to Moscow. He was nominated by President Donald Trump in October, and earlier this month was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is now awaiting a full vote in the Senate.

But Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday he was already hopeful that Sullivan could help overcome strained relations between Moscow and Washington.

Ryabkov said Sullivan "will work to mend ties, which are in a deplorable state," according to the Tass state news agency. "What we hear from him enables us to maintain hope in this regard, although the overall situation in Washington is not conducive to normal diplomatic communication, the way it has been for decades," Ryabkov added.

Ties between the U.S. political establishment and the Kremlin are in a slump, largely thanks to aggressive Russian foreign policy and Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Russia and America have taken opposite sides in conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, while the Kremlin's "sweeping and systematic" interference—as described by special counsel Robert Mueller—in the U.S. political process has cemented Russia's position as one of America's most pressing global adversaries.

Much of Congress is united in opposition, or at least wariness, to Russia, but Trump appears keen on establishing a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin regardless.

The president has horrified lawmakers in both parties and America's national intelligence apparatus by siding with Putin on matters including election meddling.

Trump's attacks on NATO, the European Union and other multilateral institutions have also raised concerns that his erratic foreign policy is playing directly into Putin's hands.

Russia has been thrust back into the limelight again recently due to the impeachment investigation into the president. The probe centers around frozen U.S. military aid to Ukraine, earmarked to help Kiev fight Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country.

Trump and his GOP allies have also been accused of propagating a baseless conspiracy theory alleging that the Ukrainian government meddled in the 2016 presidential election and attempted to influence the race in favor of his opponent Hillary Clinton.

Ryabkov said recent developments have created a "crisis state of Russian-American relations." The diplomat said Russia believes that Sullivan is a person of experience and is "fully aware" of all aspects of the current relationship.

Sullivan met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week and stressed that improved ties would depend on Moscow's "disavowal of efforts to undermine our democratic processes" and a commitment to peace in Ukraine, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

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Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan is pictured during a plenary session of the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in Nagoya, Japan on November 23, 2019. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images/Getty