Putin will not extradite Russian citizens accused of election meddling

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Russia will not extradite its citizens who are accused by the US of interfering in the US elections in 2016, Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NBC .

“Never. Russia does not extradite its citizens to anyone – and neither does the United States,” he noted.
Putin added that the accused were not represented by the Russian authorities. “What exactly they did, if anything, I have no idea,” he said.

The president also called on his American counterparts to send relevant proof instead of just talking stories to the press. “We are ready to look [at evidence] and talk about it,” Putin said.

Office of US Attorney General Robert Mueller, who is investigating the so-called Russian interference in the US elections in 2016, published an indictment against persons suspected of committing this crime.

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The document, which was prepared over nine months, is about 40 pages long and mentions 13 Russians. All of them, led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, according to the information of the special prosecutor, are wanted, but could not affect the results of the election of the US president on their own.

Moscow will respond to possible US sanctions against the Russians from the “Mueller list.” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the authorities always try to mirror such measures.

Russia has repeatedly denied the accusations, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called them “absolutely unsubstantiated.” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, commenting on these allegations, pointed out that there are no facts in support of the investigation.

 

Source RIA
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