The Russian government on Tuesday expelled USAID, the development arm of the U.S. State Department, in what is being seen as a retaliatory measure for the U.S.'s support of civil rights groups in Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has heavily criticized foreign aid agencies and other groups for allegedly interfering in his country's politics. Victoria Nuland, a spokesman for the State Department, said the U.S. was disappointed by Russia's decision, and highlighted the valuable work USAID had done in the country on matters like HIV/AIDS prevention.
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