Russia says US rights bill ‘absurd’

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iol news pic Sergei Lavrov REUTERS Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks on his phone with scrapes seen on his face during a group photo at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) conference in Dublin December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Moscow - Russia denounced as “absurd” a trade bill that passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday with a provision to punish Russian human rights violators, and a senior Russian lawmaker said Moscow may respond with a similar law.

“The decision of the U.S. Senate...is a performance in the theatre of the absurd,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website.

Alexei Pushkov, the head of the lower house of parliament's international affairs committee told Itar-Tass that Moscow could pass a “corresponding law”. - Reuters


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