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U.S. Sends Envoy To Urge Europe To Maintain Russian Sanctions

The United States is dispatching an envoy to Paris and Berlin on June 7 and 8 to try to convince European allies "of the importance of maintaining sanctions pressure on Russia," the U.S. Treasury said on June 3.

The Treasury's Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam J. Szubin will meet with senior government officials from European foreign, financial, and economic ministries, as well as private European banks and financial institutions.

Besides urging allies to keep sanctions on Moscow until its "fulfills the provisions of the Minsk Agreements" outlining a path to peace in Ukraine, Szubin will discuss implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and "continued U.S. efforts to combat Iran's support for terrorism and other destabilizing activity," the Treasury said.