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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:36 AM

Russia Threatens Tough Response If U.S. Backs Rights Bill

Source: Reuters

By Steve Gutterman
MOSCOW | Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:48am EST

(Reuters) - Russia warned the United States on Thursday to expect a tough response if Congress passes "unfriendly and provocative" legislation designed to punish Russian officials for human rights violations.

The Foreign Ministry said U.S.-Russian ties were sure to suffer if lawmakers back a move directing the U.S. government to deny visas to Russian officials involved in the detention, abuse or death of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in jail in 2009.

"Such a step will unavoidably have a negative effect on the whole range of Russian-U.S. relations," Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told a news briefing.

"We will certainly not leave the introduction of essentially anti-Russian visa and financial sanctions without consequences," he said. "We will have to react, and react toughly, depending on the final version of this unfriendly provocative act."


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/15/us-russia-usa-idUSBRE8AE10Y20121115

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Purveyor Nov 2012 OP
lalalu Nov 2012 #1
FreeBC Nov 2012 #2
ccavagnolo Nov 2012 #5
leftyohiolib Nov 2012 #6
happyslug Nov 2012 #3
L0oniX Nov 2012 #4
pampango Nov 2012 #7
Posteritatis Nov 2012 #9
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #8

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:02 PM

1. Time to rejuvenate the cold war.

 

Just in time for our leaving Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:07 PM

2. I'm all for Human Rights legislation

 

but I think that we should be required to adhere to the regulations too.

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Response to FreeBC (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:35 PM

5. +1

my thoughts exactly. who are we to talk about human rights violations.

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Response to FreeBC (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:45 PM

6. agreed look at how we treat our ill and homeless

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:30 PM

4. We have plenty of our own human rights violations.

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:58 PM

7. Other countries should hold us accountable for our human rights violations rather than

avoiding them. The more sanctions there are for these violations, the better. Ignoring violations in your own country or elsewhere in the world accomplishes nothing for progress in improving human rights in the world.

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Response to pampango (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:24 PM

9. Agreed.

"We need to ignore everyone else's abuses until we're a utopia" isn't a terribly productive mindset, even if it is a nice code for a lot of peoples' isolationism or indifference to the rest of the world.

(And that's before going into the people deluded enough to, e.g., believe the US is less free than North Korea or something.)

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:04 PM

8. well...they are our number 1 geopolitical foe.

 

at least according to some dumbass that ran for president once.

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