By Julian Pecquet - 09/18/12 08:11 PM EDT
McCain also made the case for immediate passage of human-rights legislation named after deceased Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky that would impose travel and financial restrictions on Russian officials accused of human-rights abuses. The bill, along with legislation to normalize trade relations with Russia, are stuck in Congress, where Republicans blame a lack of engagement by the White House for the lack of progress.
“The administration should also make clear that, despite this embarrassing setback, the U.S. will never abandon those patriotic Russians who dream of a better and freer future for their country, and that we will seek new ways to maintain our support and assistance to them. Most of all, it is now essential for the U.S. Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act as quickly as possible.”