US regrets arrests of Russian opposition members

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The United States said Monday it regrets Russia's crackdown on opposition members, saying they go against commitments made by Moscow and its long-term interests.

"We regret that these arrests have taken place both in Moscow and St. Petersburg," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.

"These kinds of arrests we think are contrary not only to commitments that Russia has made, but also to Russia's long-term interest," he said.

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