Russia and US continue to discuss cultural stand-off

08 May 2012 9:12 AM | Anonymous

Russia and US continue to discuss cultural stand-off

Senior officials aim to lift loans suspension following dispute over sacred Jewish books

Mikhail Shvydkoi, the Kremlin’s international cultural envoy and Tara Sonenshine, the US’s new Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs, have discussed the cultural stalemate between Russia and the US over sacred Jewish books. Russian state television has reported that Shvydkoi said that he and Sonenshine agreed in April that they “must reach an intergovernmental agreement as quickly as possible that would guarantee the security of Russian cultural treasures exhibited in the US”.

Shvydkoi, who was at the US state department to discuss cultural, educational and media exchanges between the two countries, said that he and Sonenshine had “discussed separately those difficulties that exist in Russian-American relations as a result of the famous suit over the Schneerson collection”, according to the Rossiya television channel.

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