Moscow Explains Decision To Close USAID’s Office
“The Russian diplomat stressed that Russian society was mature enough and did not need any guidance from abroad”.
Russia’s decision to close the US Agency for International Development’s office in Russia was prompted by the fact that the agency was using its money to influence political processes in Russia, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Wednesday.
He also said that the agency’s activities in the regions, especially in the North Caucasus were also questionable. The diplomat stressed that Russian society was mature enough and did not need any guidance from abroad.
He said that Moscow was open for cooperation with the agency in third countries, which needed humanitarian aid.
Earlier the Foreign Ministry informed the US that the activities of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Russia must be stopped by October 1.
Sep 19, 2012