U.S. ambassador regrets Russia's withdrawal from FLEX educational program

The United States regrets Russia's decision to cancel the participation of Russian school students in Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX), a school exchange program, over the next two years, said U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft.

The FLEX program has brought more than 8,000 Russian high school students to the U.S. Source: Reuters

The United States regrets Russia's decision to cancel the participation of Russian school students in Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX), a school exchange program, over the next two years, said U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft.

"We deeply regret this decision by the Russian government to end a program that for 21 years has built deep and strong connections between the people of Russia and the United States," Tefft said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The FLEX program has brought more than 8,000 Russian high school students to the United States to live with American host families, attend high school and experience community life for an academic year, the ambassador said.

"These young Russians have served as cultural ambassadors, representing the best of Russia, to millions of Americans throughout all 50 states," he said.

"The United States remains committed to exchanges and programs that promote cultural ties and mutual understanding between the Russian and American people," Tefft said.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow was informed today that the Russian Government has decided to cancel Russian participation in the 2015-2016 Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program, the largest U.S.-Russian educational exchange program, the ambassador said.

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