Russia urges U.S. to remove Cold War-era law

10:50, July 16, 2011      

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Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday urged the United States to revoke or amend a Cold War-era law on the so-called Captive Nations Week.

The law was signed by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower in 1959 with the aim to raise public awareness of the "imperialistic and aggressive policies of Russian communism."

In line with the law, the third week of July has been declared Captive Nations Week every year by U.S. presidents including Barack Obama.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its official website that the U.S. law has contradicted the positive trends in Russian-American relations.

"Today when our countries hold intensive and positive dialogue about strategic stability, settlement of regional conflicts, fighting terrorism, new threats and challenges, such a judicial background sounds sharply dissonant," the ministry said.

Calling on Washington to cancel or amend the law, the ministry noted that it was difficult to explain "such an anachronism" and " long obsolete ideological standings and tags."

"Its original anti-Soviet text has not been amended formally... It has long been clear that provisions of this law do not correspond to modern reality," it added.

Source: Xinhua
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