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Ukraine will be able to send more students to the US each year via US Flex student exchange program, amid Russia’s decision to halts participation in it.

US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland announced this during her speech in Shevchenko University in Kyiv, Ukraine.

“The Russian Federation made the decision last week to deny their own citizens the opportunity to study in the United States”- Nuland said. We hope that we’ll be able to restore our program in Russia in the not-too-distant future. But in the meantime, we will have more than 100 extra high school slots for Ukrainians”.

Nuland’s statement comes after Russia made a decision to pull out of Flex – US exchange program, which was established after the end of the Cold War to provide scholarships for students from the former Soviet Union to live with an American family and study at an American high school.

Nuland said Tuesday that half of the slots that would have gone to Russian students during the next academic year would instead be allocated to Ukrainians.

Ukraine currently has 204 exchange students in the program, and the decision will expand that number to more than 300. The remainder of the Russian slots will go to Georgia, Moldova and Armenia.