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    Russia's foreign ministry Monday expressed concern over the United States' new national security strategy and said it could worsen bilateral relations.

    MOSCOW, March 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's foreign ministry Monday expressed concern over the United States' new national security strategy and said it could worsen bilateral relations.

    "The United States is ready to work closely with Russia on issues of mutual interest, but the development of our relations will depend on the correctness of [Russia's] internal and foreign policy in the opinion of the U.S.," the ministry said in a statement.

    The U.S. National Security Strategy, released on March 16, "further states that recent tendencies in Russia point to allegedly decreasing adherence to democratic freedoms and institutions," the statement said. "Should this be treated as a direct indication that some bad times await Russian-American relations in the near future?"

    The ministry said the U.S. document was evidence of the further ideologization of U.S. foreign policy.

    "From now on, the main criteria for the development of the United States' relations with foreign countries will be compliance or non-compliance ... with the American understanding of democracy and the necessities of the fight against unwanted [political] regimes as seen from Washington," the statement said.

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