Comment by Russian MFA Spokesman A.K.Lukashevicha cease activities in Russia by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Russian Foreign Ministry officially informed the U.S. side that the activities in the Russian Federation, the United States Agency for International Development (AMP) should be discontinued as of October 1 of this year.

This decision is due, primarily, the fact that the nature of the representatives of the Agency in this country are not always answered the stated goals of promoting the development of bilateral humanitarian cooperation. These include attempts to influence through the distribution of grants to political processes, including elections at various levels, and institutions of civil society. Serious questions are raised by the activity of AMP in the Russian regions, especially in the North Caucasus, as we have repeatedly warned our American colleagues.

One should also consider the fact that Russia now ranks among the "new donors" and the status of the recipient refuses to development assistance in all international organizations. But Russian civil society has become quite mature and has no need of "external leadership".

We are open for cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development in the implementation of projects in third countries, which is urgently needed humanitarian assistance. Of course, this interaction involves strict adherence to the principles of equality, respect for each other's interests and non-interference in internal affairs.

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