Russia's response to Magnitsky Act passage in U.S. will be tough - diplomat

Moscow already knows how it could respond to the possible adoption of the Magnitsky Act by the U.S. Congress, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

"We certainly know it. We discussed it at all stages of the debate on the so-called Magnitsky bill," he said, answering a question from Interfax.

"I can confirm that our response will be tough, but not necessarily symmetrical," the diplomat said.

"Owing to certain sentiments that prevail in the U.S., including on Capitol Hill, our relations with the U.S. seriously lack what we call three basic principles - mutual respect, equal rights and non-interference in internal affairs," Ryabkov said.

If relations between Moscow and Washington follow these principles, it would be easier to find solutions to many problems, he said.

"Difficulties will appear if attempts are made to impose one's opinion of how things should be done in a sovereign state on someone else," he said.

"It is difficult to explain and adopt this idea. But this task is not hopeless. We will continue working in this direction in order to make mutual respect, non-interference and partnership a cornerstone of our relations with the U.S.," Ryabkov said.

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