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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Albright: Russia Must Do More




WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Thursday the United States would not support further multilateral assistance to Russia unless it cracked down on corruption.


"President [Boris] Yeltsin's government needs, at last, to make fighting corruption a priority," she said.


"We have made clear that we will not support further multilateral assistance to Russia unless fully adequate safeguards are in place," she added.


In a speech to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Albright said the Russian government's response to a burgeoning corruption problem "has not been adequate. ... The Russian legal system remains no match for well-connected criminals."


Although every country has a corruption problem to some degree, "our message to Russian leaders has been to get tough on corruption and to cooperate, in full, with investigations into it," she said.


She argued that even though Russia was not a flourishing free market democracy, the country had made great strides since the fall of communism nearly a decade ago. "Time and patience is what is needed now in the U.S. approach towards Russia," she said.


The United States can be "hostile and dismissive towards Russia and risk re-creating our enemy," or continue to pursue as cooperative a relationship as possible with the former Cold War enemy.