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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:36 PM

Russia Threatens Tough Response If U.S. Backs Rights Bill [View all]

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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