Russia's Foreign Ministry angrily responded. It called linking human rights to trade "cynical."
"We regret that a US administration declaring its commitment to the development of stable and constructive bilateral relations was unable to defend its stated position against those who look to the past and see our country not as a partner, but rather an opponent - fully in line with the canons of the Cold War," it stated.- Advertisement -
Putin called the Magnitsky measure a "purely political, unfriendly act."
"I don't understand why Russian-US relations should be sacrificed for some domestic political gain," he added.- Advertisement -
"The government's stance is to ignore crimes against Russian orphans adopted by US parents and not to punish the criminals. Russian observers are not even allowed to attend such trials and I find this unacceptable."
"The US should better not humiliate Russia," he stressed.
Russian Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko said:- Advertisement -
"That law, the so-called Magnitsky law is aimed against Russian citizens whose guilt has not been proved by the court yet but who were a priori found guilty in the US."