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Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland Meetings in Russia


Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 9, 2013

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Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia Celeste Wallander were in Moscow December 9 for meetings with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov, Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov and civil society leaders. In productive bilateral meetings with Russian Government officials, the sides discussed economic relations, issues on the bilateral arms control and security agenda and people-to-people contacts. Assistant Secretary Nuland expressed U.S. deep concern about the situation in Ukraine, and urged Russia to use its influence to press for peace, human dignity and a political solution. Assistant Secretary Nuland made clear to Russian counterparts that the U.S supports Ukraine's European choice, a non-violent and just political resolution to the current standoff, and a return to economic health with the support of the International Monetary Fund.



PRN: 2013/1543

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