Russia will not leave the U.S. so-called " Magnitsky Law" without an answer, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at the hearings in the State Duma on the observation of human rights.
"The U.S. administration and the U.S. Congress have developed a consensus in favor of the anti-Russian "Magnitsky Act," which stipulates visa and financial sanctions against Russian officials. We can not leave this without a proper response," Interfax quoted Ryabkov as saying.
The bill bans the entry to the U.S. and arrests the assets of the Russian officials, who, according to Washington, are implicated in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in jail.
Earlier, the head of the Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Alexei Pushkov told Pravda.Ru that the bill was needed to "satisfy the anti-Russian reflexes of a part of the U.S. Senate, and most of the Congress (the House of Representatives, because it was clear that the Congress was going to withdraw the so-called Jackson-Vanik Amendment, which limited the volume of trade and economic relations with Russia." The "Magnitsky Law" in this case serves as a kind of compensation.
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