Obama presses for improved trade ties with Russia

Monday, 18 June 2012
The Hill

President Obama urged Congress on Monday to repeal a human-rights provision that will open up trade for U.S. businesses to Russia. ... Russia is strongly opposed to the Magnitsky bill and has warned its passage would cool relations with the United States and could lead to retaliation. National Foreign Trade Council President Bill Reinsch sent a letter on Friday to all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will vote on the Magnitsky bill on Tuesday, urging panel members to oppose the legislation, saying the bill should be limited in scope to measures already taken by the Obama administration to deny visas to those involved with his death.

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