: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russia Cancels Talks With US After New Sanctions

Russian officials reacted to new sanctions unveiled by the U.S. by canceling upcoming talks between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon.

Ryabkov said that “the situation is not conducive to holding a round of this dialogue.”

The U.S. State Department expressed regret at the cancellation of Friday’s talks. “We regret that Russia has decided to turn away from an opportunity to discuss bilateral obstacles that hinder U.S.-Russia relations,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced additional sanctions on Russia and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions target 38 …read more

Source: Voice of America

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