Putin Says He Will 'Never' Extradite Russians Charged By Mueller

Marsha Scott
March 6, 2018

In 2002, the United States abrogated the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russian Federation, citing the need for a missile defense system that could prevent the United States from being blackmailed by a nuclear-armed rogue nation.

"We are not surprised by (Putin's) statement, and the American people should rest assured that we are fully prepared", Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said. It was Kelly's second interview with the Russian leader.

"Would this violate Russian law?"

The special counsel is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign collaborated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. "What they did specifically, I have no idea", Putin said. "Give us materials. Give us information".

Putin has repeatedly contested the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that the cyberattacks and disinformation campaign were carried out on orders from the Kremlin. The indictment says the indicted Russians worked for a troll farm called the Internet Research Agency, which used social media accounts to stir up racial tensions and divisive political issues with the intention of swaying the election results.

"With all due respect for you personally, with all due respect to Congress, you must have people with legal degrees", Putin replied. "If you do not have a legal degree, I can explain to you". Putin said initial production is underway.

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The Trump administration delayed publication of an initial draft of the new policy, according to US officials, and began reworking it out of concern that it focused too squarely on North Korea and Iran.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that they would not extradite their 13 nationals accused of meddling in the 2016 United States (U.S.) presidential elections.

But when Kelly asked whether Putin would extradite the accused if evidence backs up the Mueller indictment, Putin said he would not.

While the United States is now going through extradition proceedings, it's highly unlikely the Russian government will agree to give up the defendants, in part, because they were acting on orders from the highest ranks.

The Russian president also warned that his country's military buildup would be able to cancel out NATO's amassment of military force on Russia's borders, though he stressed that Russia did not intend to attack any other country.

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