Russian foreign Ministry: the approval in Canada of the analogue of the “Magnitsky Act” will harm relations with Russia


MOSCOW. May 18. /TASS/. Moscow believes openly unfriendly step the active support of Ottawa’s canadian version of the American “Act on the rule of law and accountability name of Sergei Magnitsky”, which can be considered in Parliament. This was stated by the Russian foreign Ministry.

“We have to warn the official Ottawa that we believe the active support of the canadian version of the American “the law Magnitsky” in which Russia is trying to present a frivolous human rights complaint, another openly unfriendly step. If approved by the Parliament of Canada the legislative sanction of an act of relations between our countries, already experiencing not the best times, will suffer significant damage”, – stressed in dipvedomstva.

“The loser will be Canada itself, whose power, being lead by partisan leaders such as the British financial fraudster William Browder, is the development of mutually beneficial cooperation, including in the economic sphere and the development of the Arctic, and they prefer to isolate themselves from Russia, – noted in the Ministry. – In Ottawa, of course, free to do as they please, but it’s short-sighted policy”.

As reported by Reuters, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Canada, Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday that the government supports the adoption of a canadian version of the American “Magnitsky Act”.

The “Magnitsky act” was passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama in December 2012. The document envisages the application of sanctions against several Russian officials including law enforcement officers involved, according to Washington, to death in November 2009 in a Moscow pretrial detention centre “sailor’s silence” the lawyer of the British Fund Hermitage Capital Management Sergey Magnitsky.

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