BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she had expressed "well-founded" concerns about the conduct of Russia's parliamentary elections earlier this week.
Speaking in a news conference at NATO headquarters, Clinton also said that U.S.-Russian disagreement over the Western alliance's plans for a missile defense system in Europe did not justify Russia taking military counter-measures.
She spoke after Russian Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States of spurring protests over the vote by voicing serious concern about their conduct. He said hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign funds had been used to influence the election.
(Editing by Mark Heinrich)