Big business does not care about Magnitsky case - Medvedev
The U.S.' Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 and Russia's legislation adopted in retaliation to this act was not addressed at the World Economic Forum in Davos as this issue has a purely political dimension and does not concern the big business, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
"There was no business discussion. Nobody cares about this except perhaps certain individuals who are actually gaining political capital on this. Not a single businessman is raising this issue," Medvedev said in an interview on Rossiya 1 television channel on Saturday.
"However, this has unfortunately become a factor in our political affairs. What can we do about this? We will get over this somehow, but I think this is not the best situation for our American partners," he said.
"This is quite an ideologized and politicized issue, and it relates to the economy quite indirectly. Unfortunately, this issue is quite sad in itself, because it involves a human death," he said.
"It has assumed an absolutely political dimension" and affected Russia's trade and economic relations with the U.S., he said.
Medvedev pointed out that the U.S. recently repealed the Jackson-Vanik Amendment, which negatively affected Russia's economic interests, but simultaneously adopted another anti-Russian act.
"Moreover, in my view, this is an absolutely unlawful act, if we talk about its compliance with international conventions and the international sovereignty doctrine," he added.
Therefore, Medvedev said, Russia had to react to this act somehow.
"Unfortunately, these are logical steps on the part of a state that has been put in such a situation, but this is not an issue for the business community," he said.