Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the request in a letter to her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, according to the Moscow-based newspaper. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said yesterday that the closure of USAID was justified because the agency was interfering in domestic politics by sponsoring civil-society groups and seeking to influence elections. The move raised tensions between the two countries and deepened a crackdown on Russian nongovernmental organizations dependent on foreign assistance.
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