Russia’s US Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has previously been blacklisted, but Washington has agreed to lift a similar ban on Russian citizens, which will allow Russia to negotiate, Moscow said on Sunday.
The U.S. official, who is expected to be in Moscow from October 11 to 13, is visiting at a time when political relations between the two countries are deteriorating. He will meet with senior officials to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues, the State Department said.
“He was really on our sanctions list, which means a person can not cross the border,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency.
“They (US) have included Russian representatives and foreign policy experts in their sanctions list. So in this case, the question was resolved on an equal footing. Yes, he will be in Russia,” he was quoted as saying.
Zakrova later clarified to the Gov. Moscow radio station that a Russian citizen had been removed from the U.S. sanctions list. She did not release the name of the person.
The United States has imposed various sanctions on Russia. Relations between Moscow and Washington have plummeted since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 in the aftermath of the Cold War, and they are embroiled in various problems.
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