Russia warns US on human rights law, seeks to limit damage

BLAGOVESHCHENSK, Russia (REUTERS) - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Friday that the expected publication of a list of Russians barred from the United States over alleged human rights abuses will severely strain relations, but he also sought to limit the damage.

"The appearance of any lists will doubtless have a very negative effect on bilateral Russian-American relations," Mr Dmitry Peskov said, while adding that ties "still have many prospects for further development and growth".

Under US legislation penalising Moscow for alleged human rights abuses including the death of whistleblower Sergei Magnitskly, President Barack Obama must by Saturday submit a list of Russians to be barred entry to the United States.