Russia Will Respond to Magnitsky Bill

The measures Russia will take in response to the so-called Magnitsky Bill being passed by the U.S. Congress will depend on the final content of the bill, Russian presidential adviser Yury Ushakov said on Friday.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed the Magnitsky Bill on the sidelines of the G20 Summit at Los Cabos, Mexico.

“Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin) did not perceive that issue as a kind of a stumbling block to our further cooperation, since the impresion is that the law will be passed, in some form or other. The administration seems to have put up with that and is trying to make some cosmetic changes to its content,” Ushakov said.

At the end of his meeting with Obama, Putin “quietly said there would be a reaction from the Russian side.” Asked what form this would take, Ushakov said that would depend on the final form of the bill.

Putin said that steps to bar entry to one or another person would be taken confidentially, “and not at the table in a demonstrative and declared form.”

“This is of course an anti-Russian measure. In general it is a part of the political war related to the pre-election campaign in America, and unfortunately reflects the anti-Russian mood in Congress, on Capitol Hill,” he said.

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