Russia says US rights bill 'absurd', may retaliate
December 6, 2012 20:17
MOSCOW - Russia denounced as "absurd" a trade bill that passed the US 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 US Senate... is a performance in the theater 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".