Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov smiles during a joint news conference with U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi of Algeria, in Moscow December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Russia says U.S. rights law "odious" but wants constructive ties
Posted : Wednesday, 23 January 2013 02:47AM
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia wants constructive relations with the United States despite disputes over U.S. legislation designed to punish Russian human rights abusers and other difficulties in ties, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
Lavrov called the Magnitsky Act legislation "odious" but added: "We are interested in constructive dialogue and the development of stable, mutually beneficial cooperation, particularly in the area of investment, in trade and economic relations and in contacts between people."
(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Douglas Busvine)
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