US, UK welcome Russian pledge to probe vote fraud

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Posted: Dec 12, 2011 4:00 PM
US, UK welcome Russian pledge to probe vote fraud

The Obama administration has welcomed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's promise to investigate allegations of fraud in recent parliamentary elections.

But Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the proof of the Russian government's resolve will be in how it conducts the probe and what actions it ultimately takes.

Clinton called the government's willingness to investigate "reassuring." She said the U.S. is pleased that protests across Russia because of the elections have remained peaceful.

Clinton spoke Monday alongside British Foreign Secretary William Hague, a day after Medvedev promised on his Facebook page to investigate the fraud claims.

Hague said Russia's actions should be determined by the findings of the investigation. He said the investigation must be full and transparent, but that countries shouldn't pre-judge the Kremlin's efforts.