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U.S. Ambassador Offers to Join Pussy Riot

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power needled her Russian counterpart on Twitter Wednesday after meeting with members of the controversial Russian punk band "Pussy Riot."

Power tweeted "I can't sing, but if #PussyRiot will have me, Amb Churkin, I say our 1st concert is for Russia's pol. prisoners."

Power was responding to earlier comments made by Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin at a news conference late Wednesday. Churkin, asked about Power's meeting with the band, quipped:

"She's joined the band? I would expect her to invite them to perform in the National Cathedral in Washington. This is my expectation. Maybe they arrange a world tour for them — St. Peter's cathedral in Rome, then maybe in Mecca in Saudi Arabia and end up with a gala concert at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem."

After hearing his comments, Power tweeted: "Ambassador Churkin. I'd be honored to go on tour with Pussy Riot — a group of girls who speak up & stand for human rights. Will you join us?"

And on her meeting with the band members, Power added: "I asked Pussy Riot if they were afraid of prison. Response: No. In prison we could see the terrible conditions. It's human rights fieldwork"

Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were released in December after nearly two years in prison following a conviction for hooliganism for staging a protest in a Russian church, wearing balaclavas and screaming lyrics. They were granted amnesty by Russian President Vladimir Putin in advance of the Sochi games.

They were in the U.S. to participate in Amnesty International's "Bringing Human Rights Home" concert, held in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.