Putin Says Trade Bill Could Strain US-Russian Relations

Law360, New York (December 13, 2012, 6:44 PM EST) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday blasted a recently passed U.S. trade bill that would sanction Russian officials linked to human rights abuses, saying it needlessly threatens the relationship between the United States and Russia.

At a meeting with Russia's Council of Legislators in Moscow, the country's president criticized a trade bill that passed last week through the U.S. Senate, which contained provisions that would level sanctions against anyone found to be connected with the 2009 death of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian tax lawyer and whistleblower...
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