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Trump Adviser in Moscow Scolds U.S. as Hypocritical on Democracy

  • Ex-Merrill Lynch banker Page is critical of U.S. Russia policy
  • Putin has welcomed Trump vow to improve U.S. ties with Russia

A foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump used a speech in Moscow to criticize the U.S. and other western governments for a “hypocritical focus” on democracy and corruption and to highlight the benefits of “mutual respect” between major powers.

Carter Page, an American investment banker who lived three years in Moscow and was named as an adviser by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in March, said the U.S. and other developed nations have been critical of countries, particularly in Central Asia, for governing practices that were “prevalent during the Cold War.”