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Russian Leader Calls For 'Adequate' Response To 'Unfriendly' U.S. Bill

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has described as "unfriendly" a U.S. bill imposing sanctions on Russian officials accused of human rights violations.

Putin was speaking on December 13 at a meeting of lawmakers in Moscow.

He voiced support for a bill under consideration in Russia's State Duma, the lower house of parliament, that would impose travel bans and asset freezes on U.S. citizens accused of abusing the rights of Russians.

He indicated that the Russian response will not go far beyond that bill, saying Moscow's reaction "should be adequate but not excessive."

The U.S. bill, passed on December 6, is named after Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in pretrial detention in 2009.

Rights activists accuse the Kremlin of failing to prosecute those responsible.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters