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Russia Says Obama’s Defense Plan May Violate International Law

January 16, 2012

Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The $662 billion U.S. defense spending plan for 2012 may violate international law, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its website.

The bill strengthens the application of U.S criminal and anti-terrorism legislation in respect of non-American citizens, the ministry said. It also violates U.S obligations under international law, including the Geneva Convention on the protection of civilians and the 1966 Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, it said.

President Barack Obama signed the bill into law Dec. 31. It includes sanctions requiring suspected members of al-Qaeda to be kept in military custody.

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