OPEC and non-OPEC countries to develop cooperation outside Vienna agreementBusiness & Economy May 25, 19:44
Russia squared-off with Western media blitz to smear World Cup preparationsSport May 25, 19:35
NATO seeks to continue and expand dialogue with RussiaWorld May 25, 19:01
WADA offers pole vaulter Isinbayeva post of ambassador for clean sports in Russia — sourceSport May 25, 18:57
Lavrov keeps close eye on situation with jailed Russian pilot in USRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 25, 18:51
Belkomur rail project brings new opportunities to Russia’s Arctic regionsBusiness & Economy May 25, 18:46
Russia to build first helicopter carrier by 2022Military & Defense May 25, 17:41
OPEC extends agreement on oil production cutBusiness & Economy May 25, 17:16
Russia, China sign memorandum on cooperation in AntarcticaBusiness & Economy May 25, 17:15
MOSCOW, December 20 (Itar-Tass) — President Vladimir Putin said the adoption of the "Magnitsky Act" poisons Russian-US relations and drags them into the past. Putin made the statement at a news conference at Moscow's international trade center on Thursday.
"It is certainly an unfriendly act towards the Russian Federation," he said. In his opinion, it is not a matter of the officials who are forbidden to have certain accounts or must have their property under control. "We ourselves believe that our officials, especially high-ranking ones, the persons who engage in politics, should keep their accounts at Russian banks," Putin reminded.
"Russia has many banks with a 100-hundred percent foreign stake, and their reliability raises no doubts. If our colleagues help us expose the violators, we'll be thankful to them, we're even ready to award a bonus to them for it," the president said.
But it is absolutely not a matter of officials, the thing is that "they replace one anti-Soviet law with another," the head of state underlined, "they cannot do without it; they're trying to remain in the past. It's too bad. It poisons our relations in itself."