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Russia: Clinton playing politics

MJ LEE Politico.com 12/09/2011 00:07
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Russia lashed out at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday, accusing her of attacking Moscow only to “impress her voters in the Democratic Party.”

“Several of my colleagues prefer to use this tribune to complain (about issues) completely unrelated to the agenda as was the case with my colleague Hillary Clinton, who arrived, it seems, only to impress her voters in the Democratic party,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters, Reuters reports.

Lavrov said that by criticizing the Russian election, Clinton had shown “disrespect” to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which has been hosting a meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania.

At the OSCE’s first plenary session Tuesday, Clinton said the United States had “serious concerns” about the recent Duma elections in Russia, calling them “neither free nor fair.”

She said independent political parties had been denied the right to register in Moscow, and that there had been reports of Election Day misconduct, including manipulation of voter lists and attempts to stuff ballot boxes.