Russia bans remain after Syria pullout: Nuland

Russia’s announcement that it is withdrawing military forces from Syria will not lead to a removal of US sanctions against Moscow, said a senior American diplomat.

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said the United States will continue to maintain the economic pressure until Russia fully withdraws forces and military equipment from the Ukrainian border.

“We continue to look at the Syria theater and at the Ukraine theater as two separate places,” Nuland said Tuesday during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

“We will judge the Ukraine action based on what is done in Ukraine, and as you know, the sanctions are linked to Ukraine. So from our perspective, what is done in Syria should not impact choices about Ukraine,” she asserted.

“Because they’re withdrawing or have said they’re withdrawing troops in Syria, [it] should not mean that we let them off the hook in terms of sanctions…

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