USAID office in Russia to be closed

The Russian office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will terminate its activities, the U.S. Department of State reported.

"The United States recently received the Russian Government's decision to end USAID activities in the Russian Federation. We are extremely proud of what USAID has accomplished in Russia over the past two decades, and we will work with our partners and staff to responsibly end or transition USAID's programs," U.S. Department of State spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a statement on Tuesday.

"While USAID's physical presence in Russia will come to an end, we remain committed to supporting democracy, human rights, and the development of a more robust civil society in Russia and look forward to continuing our cooperation with Russian non-governmental organizations," the statement reads.

Experts think that the termination of USAID activities in Russia may be explained in terms of hostile attitude of Russian authorities to organization that get funding from the U.S.

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