- Title: U.S., Russia lift targeted sanctions to allow Nuland visit - Moscow
- Date: 10th October 2021
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (FILE - MAY 18, 2021) (REUTERS) THEN U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRS, VICTORIA NULAND, ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) THEN U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRS, VICTORIA NULAND, SAYING: "Any new hostilities ignited by separatist forces with Russian support would also be a violation of Minsk. Minsk is being violated on a daily basis on the western side of the Minsk line and that's what needs to stop, we need to stop all of those violations and get the OSCE into all of the hotspots." KYIV, UKRAINE (FILE - APRIL 27, 2016) (REUTERS) THEN U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN AFFAIRS, VICTORIA NULAND, WALKING TO PODIUM REPORTERS TAKING NOTES (SOUNDBITE) (English) THEN U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN AFFAIRS, VICTORIA NULAND, SAYING: "Overall, I go home encouraged by the commitment of all the political forces â€Žto continuing and accelerating reform, economic reform, anti-corruption reform, in particular judicial reform." REPORTER TAKING PHOTO NULAND AT NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 24th October 2021 16:48
- Keywords: Kremlin Nuland Russian. U.S. Zakharova
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA/ WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES/ KYIV, UKRAINE
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA/ WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES/ KYIV, UKRAINE
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Europe,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003EYKTGEF
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- Story Text: Russia will allow the U.S. Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland to visit for talks despite having previously blacklisted her, after Washington agreed to lift a similar restriction placed on a Russian citizen, Moscow said on Sunday (October 10).
The U.S. official, who is expected in Moscow from Oct. 11 to 13, visits at a time when political ties between the countries are badly strained. She will meet senior officials to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues, the State Department has said.
"She was actually on our sanctions lists that mean that a person cannot cross the border," Maria Zakharova, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, was quoted as saying by RIA news agency.
"They (the U.S.) included Russian representatives and foreign policy experts on their sanctions lists. So in this case, the question was resolved on a parity basis. Yes, she will be in Russia," she was quoted as saying.
Zakhrova later clarified to the Govorit Moskva radio station that one Russian citizen had been removed from the U.S. sanctions list. She did not disclose the person's name.
The United States has imposed an array of sanctions on Russia. Relations between Moscow and Washington sank to post-Cold War lows in 2014 after Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and they remain strained over a range of other issues.
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