Russia Today completely misrepresented the position of the American Ambassador to Russia regarding the lifting of sanctions against the Russian Federation. RT’s story entitled “US Ambassador hopes, the sanctions against Russia will be lifted” is misleading and does not correspond to the text of the story.

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The headline suggests that the American Ambassador wants all Russia sanctions lifted; in the actual story the Ambassador states that sanctions can be lifted only after Russia has carried out the terms of the Minsk agreement.

Stopfake asked the Moscow US Embassy spokesman Will Stevens to explain the situation. Stevens replied that sanctions will be removed only after the Minsk Agreements are fully implemented, Crimea sanctions will remain in place as long as the occupation continues.

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Will Stevens also pointed out that the RT headline “seems designed to completely mislead the reader”.