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Russian, US finance chiefs meet in Washington to discuss sanctions

April 21, 3:50 UTC+3 WASHINGTON

According to an earlier US Treasury statement, the meeting was held at the Russian side’s request

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WASHINGTON, April 21. /TASS/. Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov met with US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin on Friday to discuss anti-Russian sanctions, the Russian Finance Ministry’s press service said.

"On April 20, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov met with US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin on the sidelines of this year’s Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group. During the meeting, the issue of sanctions was discussed," the ministry said in a statement.

According to an earlier US Treasury statement, the meeting was held at the Russian side’s request. "The Secretary and Minister discussed issues involving North Korea, Syria, and Ukraine," the statement reads, without providing any further details.

On April 6, the US authorities imposed sanctions against a number of Russian officials, businessmen and companies. The list includes Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, VTB CEO Andrei Kostin, Renova owner Viktor Vekselberg, General Director of Surgutneftegaz Vladimir Bogdanov, Sibur board member Kirill Shamalov, businessmen Igor Rotenberg, Oleg Deripaska and Suleiman Kerimov.

Sanctions were also slapped on Russia’s Agro-Holding Kuban, EuroSibEnergo, Rusal, Russian Machines, GAZ Group, B-Finance, Basic Element, En+, Renova, Ladoga Management, Russian Financial Corporation, NPV Engineering and Gazprom Bureniye.

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