Trump has extended the ban on funding cultural exchanges with Russia


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The US President Donald trump has extended the ban on funding the Federal government for cultural and educational exchanges with several countries, including Russia. It is reported TASS with reference to the press service of the White house.

According to this decree, the United States will not provide “non-humanitarian and non-trade assistance or to allow funding for participation in programs of educational and cultural exchanges of officials and employees of governments of Eritrea, North Korea, Russia and Syria to 2018 fiscal year.” While trump said that such cooperation with Russia is possible, as it meets the American national interest.

These measures include a ban on the entry of any persons or the freezing of assets. The decision was made on the basis of the law on the protection of victims of trafficking and violence from 2000. Each year, the head of state determines which countries it touches.

However, the law allows an exception if “support and funding” would be in the interests of the United States. This time the list of such countries are Russia, Eritrea and Syria.