Russia Cancels High Level Diplomatic Meetings With U.S.

Reuters news agency reports today that Russia was cancelling a high level meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon in response to what it called a significant widening of U.S. sanctions against Russia. Russia said it was obliged to react after the U.S. government on Tuesday added 38 individuals and organizations to its list of those sanctioned over Russian activities in Ukraine, angering Russia which says its wants to repair relations with the U.S. that are languishing at a post Cold War low. Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov said the new U.S. sanctions were “a continuation of the trend set by the Obama administration aimed at ruining relations between our countries.”

Reuters report found here.


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