Russia has decided to allow US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland to visit the country for talks, despite having previously blacklisted it. Moscow announced on Sunday that the decision comes after Washington agreed to lift travel restrictions imposed on a Russian citizen.
The US official is expected to visit Moscow from October 11 to 13, a visit that comes at a time when political relations between the two countries are extremely strained. The State Department said it would meet with senior Russian officials to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues.
“She (Victoria Nuland) was on our sanctions list, which means she could not enter Russia,” RIA Novosti quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying. “They (Washington) had Russians and foreign policy experts on their sanctions lists,” he said. So in this case the issue was resolved on a parity basis. “Yes, she will visit Russia.”
Ms. Zakhrova later explained to Govorit Moskva radio that the United States had removed a Russian citizen from the sanctions list. But she gave no details about his identity. The United States has imposed a series of sanctions on Russia. Relations between Moscow and Washington reached their lowest point since the Cold War in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea. Relations continue to be tense on a number of other issues as well.VOA
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