Russia scraps law enforcement deal with Washington

MOSCOW Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:00am EST

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is scrapping its agreement with Washington to cooperate on law enforcement and narcotics control, another sign of deteriorating ties between the Cold War-era foes since Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin last year.

The order, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and posted on the government website on Wednesday, said the agreement, which came into force in 2002, "does not address current realities and has exhausted its potential".

Moscow is unhappy with a law passed by the United States last year imposing sanctions on alleged Russian human rights abusers. It has responded with a bill imposing similar measures and banning the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families.

The agreement on cooperation in law enforcement and drug control, the statement said, outlined financial assistance provided by the United States for Russian law enforcement and narcotics control programs.

Russia's Foreign Ministry has been ordered to inform U.S. authorities, the statement said. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow declined immediate comment.

(Reporting by Thomas Grove; Editing by Douglas Busvine and Patrick Graham)

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Dhirajkunar wrote:
Death knell of the Security Council.

Jan 30, 2013 2:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:
I wish we would worry more about what we are doing in this country instead of continually criticizing every other country in the worlds human rights abuses. If we are so concerned about abuse in other countries why do we keep allowing our businesses to send all of their manufacturing to China?

Jan 30, 2013 2:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
sylvan wrote:
Putin is a mafia boss. Of course he wants to cancel a law enforcement agreement. But I do agree the US is a major hypocrite for holding Putin to higher standards than Bush II who authorized official torture. Pot, kettle, black.

Jan 30, 2013 4:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
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