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WASHINGTON, December 10, 1:55 /ITAR-TASS/. U.S. is asking Russia to use its influence for a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Ukraine, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Victoria Nuland said at meeting with Russian officials in Moscow.
U.S. Department of State said Monday Nuland had met with Deputy Foreign Ministers Sergei Ryabkov and Alexei Meshkov, as well as with President Vladimir Putin’s aide Yuri 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,” the press release said.
“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,” it said.
“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,” the Department of State said.
Senior National Security Staff Director for Russia Celeste Wallander attended the meetings between Nuland and Russian officials.