State Duma passes bill on countersanctions against U.S.
MOSCOW, May 22 (RAPSI) – The State Duma adopted a bill on prohibition of import of certain goods in response to unfriendly actions towards Russia on the part of the United States and some other countries in the third and final reading on Tuesday.
The bill on countersanctions was submitted to the lower house of parliament in April by a group of lawmakers headed by the State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. The initiative authorizes the government to restrict import of agricultural goods, alcohol, tobacco and rare metals and some other goods from the U.S. and other states.
Initially, the draft law envisaged prohibition of import of foreign-made drugs and medical equipment from the U.S., but this provision was criticized by human rights advocates. On May 11, Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova said that the Lawmaking Council of the lower house of parliament decided not to ban imports of U.S. medicines similar to those produced in Russia.