Kremlin halts US aid agency work
on 18/09/2012 19:04:35
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Russia informed the US of its decision last week and that USAID's office there would be closing.
She did not give a reason for Russia's decision, but the Kremlin has long complained about US democracy and human rights promotion efforts.
The aid agency says it worked in Russia for two decades promoting "a more open and innovative society and a strengthened partnership between Russia and the United States."
It spent more than €2.6bn on social and economic programmes.