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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

U.S.-Russia relations show signs of strain

Moscow warned that the Obama administration's support for democracy-building organizations in Russia is complicating relations between the two countries.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, in an interview with Interfax News Agency, said "This activity is reaching a scale that is turning into a problem in our relations."

"We really are concerned that Washington is funding certain groups and movements in Russia," Ryabkov said in the interview published Tuesday.

In December, as thousands of Russians marched in protest against election fraud, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of giving a signal to the demonstrators to come into the streets.

The issue has picked up steam since March, and Putin's victory in the Russian presidential election.

The Obama administration is lobbying Congress to free $50 million to support nongovernmental organizations in Russia. Read More