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Russia Cancels Deal With US On Anti-Crime Cooperation

1/30/2013 2:13 AM ET

In what is appeared to be deteriorating ties between Moscow and Washington, Russia has terminated a cooperation pact with the United States in the spheres of law and drug enforcement, Russian media reported on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order scrapping the deal, the government said in a statement on its website.

"The order was initiated by the Russian Foreign Ministry, as the agreement is out of line with today's realities and has exhausted its potential," said the statement carried by the RIA Novosti news agency.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has been directed to notify Washington about the termination of the deal which was signed on September 25, 2002, the statement said and added that the United States had financed relevant Russian bodies for anti-crime projects as part of the agreement.

Scrapping of the pact comes amid deteriorating ties between the two countries over human rights. Last year, Washington angered the Russian government by implementing the Magnitsky Act aimed at imposing sanctions on Russian officials suspected of human rights abuses. The legislation was named after Sergei Magnitsky, a whistle-blowing lawyer who died in a Moscow jail in 2009.

Russia responded by making an enactment that bans U.S. citizens from adopting Russian children and prohibits politically active Russian NGOs from accepting financial assistance from the United States.

by RTT Staff Writer

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