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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Europeans slam U. S. , Japan on aid

The United States and Japan have done "nearly nothing" to aid the former Soviet Union, a European Parliament delegation visiting Moscow charged this week.

"In my mind they should do more;

they have done nearly nothing", Egon Klepsch, president of the European Parliament, said in an interview.

"The European Community cannot take over the financement that is necessary for all the Commonwealth of Independent States".

The European Parliament, the European Community's legislative body, passes resolutions that are non-binding on member states, but it does administer an aid budget for foreign nations.

Magdalene Hoff, a German Social Democrat who heads the European Parliament's committee for relations

with the former Soviet Union, also faulted the United States.

"They always make a huge advertising but in fact when you ask what is the concrete cooperation, there is not a lot", she said.

"We Western European people say we want to help Russia to build up democratic structures", she continued. "America says first there must be sure democratic structures and then we will help", she said. "It's impossible to work in this way".

The U. S. Embassy's acting press secretary in Moscow, Carl Stoltz, declined to comment directly, but referred to past remarks by U. S. Ambassador Robert Strauss and State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler.

"They have all provided evidence to contradict that statement", he said.

The press attache of the Japanese Embassy in Moscow said that Japan Egon Klepsch

has already provided significant aid to the former Soviet Union, including $2 5 billion in bank credits last year, and $50 million in food and medicine granted in January 1992.

Russia's refusal to return the Kurile Islands seized from Japan in World War II is a significant obstacle to further aid, Akio Kawato said "Japanese people do not understand why we should accord substantial economic assistance without the settlement of the territorial issue", he said.