WASHINGTON, Sept. 18. / Correspondent. ITAR-TASS Dmitry Kirsanov /. The government’s Agency for International Development / USAID /, part of the structure of the U.S. State Department, terminate its activities in Russia. This was said in a written statement, the spokesperson of the U.S. State Department, Victoria Nuland.
According to the document, the U.S. government recently received a notice from the Russian government about “the decision to complete the activity of USAID in Russia.”
“We are very proud of the achievements of USAID in Russia for two decades. We will continue to work with its partners and staff to responsibly complete the transition period USAID programs” – emphasizes the Foreign Ministry spokesman USA.
According to her, the staff of USAID will no longer be physically present in the territory of the Russian Federation. However, the U.S. administration “is committed to promoting democracy, human rights and the development of a strong civil society in Russia and looks forward to continuing its cooperation with non-governmental organizations,” sums up Victoria Nuland.
Agency for International Development – an independent agency of the federal U.S. government responsible for the non-military U.S. aid to other countries. The act of creating it was signed by the 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy in November 1961. Since then, USAID operates in more than 100 countries in areas such as support for trade, agriculture, economic growth, health, emergency humanitarian assistance, assistance in conflict prevention and support for democracy. USAID began its work in Russia in 1992.