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US senators link repeal of Russia trade restrictions to sanctions bill on human rights abusers
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Four senators say they will back an Obama administration push to repeal restrictions on trade with Russia, but only if they are replaced by legislation sanctioning Russian officials for human rights violations.
The lawmakers from both major parties outlined their position to reverse the 1974 Jackson-Vanik law in a letter Friday.
The Obama administration is seeking to abolish urgently the restrictions so that U.S. companies will not lose out after Russia joins the World Trade Organization this year. It has opposed linking repeal to legislation targeting Russian officials. But the support of senators from both parties would boost prospects for the Senate to rescind the law.