U.S. actively planting its NGOs in Central Asia, former Soviet republics — Lavrov

Sergey Lavrov,  Russian Foreign Minister

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# 27 November 2023 20:00 (UTC +04:00)

The United States, in an effort to use non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as instruments of influence, is actively trying to plant them in the post-Soviet space, particularly in Central Asia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Primakov Readings international forum, APA reports citing TASS.

He reiterated that the U.S. "has created thousands of non-governmental organizations, of which hundreds, many hundreds are operating in the post-Soviet space, with a great many of them in Armenia and in Kyrgyzstan." "They are actively trying to introduce them into other Central Asian countries as well," the top diplomat added.

Lavrov pointed out that many foundations "are 90% funded through the [U.S.] Agency for International Development, which is part of the U.S. bureaucracy, receiving budget money."

The minister emphasized that such NGOs follow a "party line" from Washington. Their "policy is to directly influence the processes in the countries where these non-governmental organizations are operating," the foreign minister stressed.

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