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Lavrov: 'United' Response To Magnitsky Act

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: "An attempt to meddle in our internal affairs"
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: "An attempt to meddle in our internal affairs"

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Russia's foreign minister has sharply criticized new U.S. legislation calling for sanctions against Russian officials who violate human rights.

Speaking in Moscow, Sergei Lavrov said the Magnitsky Act was aimed at undermining the "reset" in Russian-U.S. relations.

He called on lawmakers in Russia's State Duma to act as a united front when it mulls response measures this week.

"The Magnitsky bill serves America's national interests. It serves the interests of their internal political struggle, where it is clearly and openly designed to undercut practically the only achievement by [U.S. President Barack] Obama that he was presenting during his election campaign, which is relations with Russia, START, etc.," Lavrov said. "However, since it is an attempt to meddle in our internal affairs, I would very much like to see a united, multiparty response from the State Duma."

The Magnitsky Act was passed by the U.S. Senate on December 6.

The bill is named after Sergei Magnitsky, the Russian whistleblower lawyer who died in jail in Moscow in 2009.

The new legislation places visa bans and asset freezes on Russian officials implicated in his death and in other perceived gross rights violations in Russia.

The bill has stirred fierce resentment in Moscow, where officials have vowed reprisals.

Aleksei Pushkov, the head of the Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee, says Russia has already drafted a "blacklist" of U.S. citizens who will be denied entry visas into Russia for their own alleged human rights violations.

The Magnitsky Act threatens to cloud cooperation between the United States and Russia.

U.S. President Barack Obama, who launched a "reset" to improve ties with Moscow nearly four years, is widely expected to sign the bill into law.

The new legislation is part of a broader U.S. bill that lifts Cold War-era trade restrictions.

But Russian officials have focused on the human rights portion of the bill, which they have criticized as "aggressively unfriendly."

With reporting by ITAR-TASS, Interfax, and Reuters
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by: Ben
December 09, 2012 16:50
Soviets had the "class approach" to any conflict: the proletarian is always right! In today`s Russia the "class aproach" is changed for:the official is always right-the new class policy?
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by: Jack from: US
December 10, 2012 00:38
I'm curious, if you ever saw Hillary being wrong?
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by: Jeremy from: Moscow
December 11, 2012 09:23
Not changed at all. It's the world proletariat's sustainment source that has changed or better, re-structured: not directly from the red treasury as it was before, but through approval from the World bank and similar international institutions.
Here their positions is clear: the World bank securities (the Kremlin and the branches) have the right to kill anybody who happened to touch some of them. Once internationally approved and ligitimized, it will work automatically further on. It's the precedent.

December 10, 2012 05:12
I hope Pushkov do not forget include in the "black list":
G W Bush, Cheney & Rumsfeld.
Also Obama for the Plan Mérida, tween "strategy" from Plan Colombia.

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
December 11, 2012 11:22
it is well known that Mr. Lavrov was born in Tbilisi.His real surname is Kalantarov and he is armenian by nationality.
Surname Lavrov, is the last name of his stepfather.His mother brought him In Moscow when he was a child.
Lavrov hates Georgians like Putin.Putin tired to hate Georgians alone,so he took Lavrov, to hate Georgians together.
The next step is to take camel.
Trinity who hates Georgians.....It is symbolic.
Therefore, the U.S. and Europe should ban them all to come into its territory.
They may with a bottle of vodka in the cave of Kurdistan to hate people

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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
December 11, 2012 13:21
Congratulations to AFP and RFE/RL for the goebbels photo of bad old Lavrov,and Vahe -we all know what a bad armenian the man is-now we all know that all of Vahe`s fathers were the Raskolnikovs of Georgia,but they didnt repent and instead they ran away to their mother Russia.and she gave birth to Vakhtang under the big bridge on Moscow river where the thing still lives today.Then Vahe inspired Shota Rustaveli to write `The Knight in the Tiger`s Skin`-unfortunately,Vahe ,being unable to pay for the services of his many boyfriends had to part with the tiger skin and remained in its original donkey one.blowing hot thin air everywhere like a South stream pipeline.However its georgian buddies stole its underwear and its rear is in danger of freezing,so he Vahe needs someone to slap its rear to prevent it from deep freezing.Anyone who does the trick will be richly rewarded with a 50 cubic mm2 of first class georgian hot air,but,please you must come with your own baloons.And dont forget-the 21th of December is almost here!!!

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